NFL Free Agency: 5 Reasons Randy Moss Would Be a Good Fit with the New York Jets
What started as a little bit of speculation has become a serious rumor—Randy Moss could be headed to the New York Jets.
Randy Moss was an interesting case in 2010, bouncing from the Patriots to the Vikings to the Titans.
Moss' performance got worse while his antics became more noticeable, and a lot of teams are staying away from him like expired food this offseason.
The Jets, however, may have a good idea when it comes to pursuing the veteran receiver.
There are a few reasons why.
The Jets Could Let Go of Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards
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New York has a quandary this offseason when it comes to their impending free agents.
Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith and a few defensive players are up for contracts, and the Jets simply don't have the cash to retain all of these players.
Edwards and Holmes figure to ask for a hefty sum, and the team could save money by signing the less-expensive Moss and letting go of one of their two top receivers.
Moss would fit right in, lining up across from one of Holmes or Edwards, and the Jets would have more flexibility with players like Antonio Cromartie and Shaun Ellis.
Moss Would Have a Chip on His Shoulder
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The Jets came together as a team in 2010 by forming a common enemy—the New England Patriots.
If Bill Belichick isn't interested in bringing back the much-embattled Moss, you can be sure that Moss will have a huge chip on his shoulder against New England.
His attitude would fit right in on a Jets team that loathes their divisional-rival Patriots, and Moss' hate would be accepted, not frowned upon.
No. 81 (or 84 or whatever he'd wear) could be accepted for the passionate individual he is, not condemned.
Rex Ryan Could Keep Moss in Check
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The main knock on Randy Moss is that while he is a "player's player" (having mentored Percy Harvin and Kenny Britt, among others), coaches can't stand him.
Moss gets a negative rap with league brass because coaches are unsure whether or not they could keep the receiver in check.
On the Jets, however, Rex Ryan would be able to keep Randy Moss on his side and the Jets would have a player who could produce.
Moss respected Bill Belichick, and after he and the Patriots lost to the Jets early in the season, you have to figure that Moss respects Rex Ryan, too.
The Receiver Would Help Mark Sanchez's Growth
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In 2011, the Jets will be going into the third year of the Mark Sanchez development project, and it's tough to say how well the experiment has worked.
Some fans peg Sanchez as the face of the franchise for the next 10 years, others point out how Sanchez looks a lot better because of great defense, a sturdy offensive line and a tough-to-beat running game.
Some may remember that in 2008, Moss guided another USC product, Matt Cassel, to NFL relevancy, and it is feasible that Moss makes Sanchez a big-time quarterback.
The "Sanchize" already has two AFC championship games under his belt, and a 2011 with Randy Moss could help him take the next step to becoming a top-tier passer.
Moss, Like Many of the Jets, Still Wants a Ring
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A lot of teams come together when a Super Bowl is the main goal, and on a team like the Jets, with players like LaDainian Tomlinson and possibly Jason Taylor, a Super Bowl would be sweet.
Moss also needs a Super Bowl ring to validate his legitimacy as one of the best wide receivers to ever play the game.
With the Jets, it is no secret that a Super Bowl is the ultimate, immediate goal, and Randy Moss would thrive in an atmosphere like this.
The one year that Moss played on a true Super Bowl team in 2007, he thrived, and there is no reason to think that he can't pull another year of "Moss Magic" out of his hat for 2011 if the Jets are Super Bowl contenders.