Randy Moss Appears Willing to Return to NFL, Which Teams Are a Good Fit?

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 12: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots smiles before the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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When Randy Moss retired from the NFL this summer, many believed he would come back if the right team with a top quarterback was interested in signing him and giving him another shot at winning his first Super Bowl title.

Rotoworld's Chris Wesseling tweeted on Tuesday:

"LaCanfora on Randy Moss: He's listening, one ear to the phone...If right team calls at right time w/ right QB at right price, could happen."

The original source is NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, who has the full information.

"He's listening. He's got one ear to the phone," said LaCanfora. A team calls every 10 days to two weeks to gauge Moss's interest level, but nothing has "got that fire lit under him" yet. "If the right team called at the right time with the right quarterback at the right price," says LaCanfora, then Moss would consider signing with a contender for a chance at a Super Bowl ring. It will likely take a high-profile injury to make that happen. 

Even at age 34, Randy Moss still has the ability to be a very good football player, and in the right situation where he is motivated, he could turn a team's season around and be the final piece to a championship puzzle.

If Moss is willing to come back to the NFL, there are only a handful of teams who would be a good fit.

Moss needs a contending team that has a shot to win the Super Bowl and has a top quarterback that will throw him the ball on a consistent basis.

Many top teams like the New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears are all in need of a quality wide receiver.

But are any of them a good fit for Moss? Let's analyze the situation.

The Saints have the elite quarterback in Drew Bress that Moss will want to play with, and with top receiver Marques Colston always an injury concern, New Orleans could use another talented wideout on offense.

The thing about Brees and the Saints passing offense is the ball is spread out a lot, and tight end Jimmy Graham is becoming a star.

It's unlikely Moss would receive a ton of targets per game, but he certainly would still be a deep threat for Brees, who has played very well this season.

Moss would be a good fit in New Orleans. He would also be a good fit in Baltimore, where Joe Flacco got off to a great start passing the ball this season, but has been very average of late.

Coming off a terrible Monday night loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, it's clear that the Ravens offense needs top wide receiver who defenses must pay special attention to. The Ravens have no one capable of stretching the defense in multiple ways, and Moss would give Flacco a great deep threat that will put his great arm strength to good use.

Baltimore is another good fit for Moss, but the San Francisco 49ers would not be. Alex Smith is likely not a quarterback Moss would consider coming out of retirement to catch passes from. Smith also does not have proven playoff experience, and the 49ers success is really based on their defense and not their offense.

The Chicago Bears are an interesting option for Moss because they really need a top wide receiver, but Jay Cutler's playoff resume is not too good, and his protection from the Bears offensive line is even worse.

The Bears aren't even a real Super Bowl threat this season, so that rules them out.

Randy Moss is one of the best wide receivers ever to play pro football, but the lack of a Super Bowl ring may drive him to return to the NFL and make one last title run.

If a major wide receiver on a contending team goes down, there is a possibility he could come out of retirement.

However, even without a major injury, there are still several teams that could use a quality receiver like Moss for the second half of the season and the playoffs.

Also, don't rule out the New England Patriots. Moss is loved by the fans, and Tom Brady thinks very highly of him. It wouldn't surprise me if Moss gave the Patriots another shot if the team was interested.

Not winning a championship really makes athletes upset, even long after they retire, like NBA legend Charles Barkley, for example.

I highly doubt Randy Moss will remain retired if a team offers him one last shot at glory.

Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for the latest sports news and updates.