Randy Moss: 5 Reasons New England Patriots Should Bring Him Back
Randy Moss filed his retirement papers with the league office in August, putting an end to a remarkable 13-year career.
At the time, many people speculated that this wouldn't be the end of Randy Moss—that one team would bring him out of retirement.
The most likely destination for a Moss return is with the New England Patriots, a team that he broke records with and nearly won a Super Bowl.
With the NFL season kicking off this week, the clock is ticking for Moss to make a return. Here are five reasons why the Patriots should bring him back.
Tom Brady Wants Him Back
The star and face of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, was on with WEEI radio in Boston doing an interview when the subject of Randy Moss came up. Brady seemed very open to Moss returning to the Patriots.
"I love the guy, he's a great friend of mine. And if he ever did come back and play, I'd welcome him with open arms," Brady said.
Ultimately the decision isn't up to Brady, but what every franchise wants is to please its starting quarterback, especially when it's Tom Brady.
He Wants to Play for the Patriots
It's no surprise that Moss would love to come back and play for the New England Patriots. Moss was devastated when he was traded from New England during the middle of last season.
However, he had nothing but good things to say about Bill Belichick and the Patriots after being traded. Then in the offseason, he again professed his love for the Patriots saying his heart was in New England and he loved playing with Tom Brady and being coached by Belichick.
To Block Him from the Jets
The rivalry between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets has greatly intensified in the last few years. The teams are constantly trying to one-up each other.
The Jets haven't been shy about their interest in Randy Moss and likely would have made a run at him if they had not signed Plaxico Burress.
If Burress or one of the other Jets top receivers suffered an injury, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them try and coax Moss out of retirement. If the Patriots sign him now, it would improve their team while also denying their archrival.
Chad Ochocinco Insurance
The New England Patriots made a splash when they traded for outspoken wide receiver Chad Ochocinco during the offseason. The trade was universally praised by all members of the media.
However, it has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. There are reports that Ochocinco has struggled to pick up the Patriots offense and has been ineffecitve in the preseason.
If the Patriots signed Moss, he would provide great insurance and give the Patriots a reliable target on the outside behind Ochocinco, in case he doesn't adjust or just has nothing left in the tank.
He Can Still Play When Motivated
We all thought Randy Moss was done once before, then he went on to smash records with the New England Patriots. He is four years older now, but if Moss is motivated there is no doubt he could produce.
In his first game with the Minnesota Vikings last year, Moss looked like the Moss of old beating cornerbacks deep. His tenure in Minnesota crashed and burned however, and at that point he gave up.
If he came back to the Patriots, a team he clearly wants to play for, he could be a valuable weapon.