Randy Moss: 21 Teams Who Should've Placed a Waiver Claim and Didn't

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2010

Randy Moss: 21 Teams Who Should've Placed a Waiver Claim and Didn't

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball in the first quarter against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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    Randy Moss has been claimed by the Tennessee Titans off waivers Wednesday, bringing an end to roughly 24 hours of speculation as to where he would land in the NFL.

    According to multiple reports, the Titans were the only team to put in a claim on Moss.

    It's difficult to believe all 21 NFL teams ahead of Tennessee in the waiver priority would all decide to pass on landing a Hall of Fame receiver still capable of making an impact.

    Needing another receiver with Kenny Britt expected to miss several games with a hamstring injury, Moss should be a good fit for Jeff Fisher's team.

    The Titans aren't the only NFL team that needed another receiving threat.

    Here's a look at why the 21 teams ahead of Tennessee should have staked a claim on Randy Moss.

No. 21: Buffalo Bills

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills passes   during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31, 2010  at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    The Bills didn't claim Moss, choosing instead to take a chance on Shawne Merriman off waivers.

    The acquisition of Merriman makes a great deal of sense.

    Buffalo is still looking for enough bodies to fit into the 3-4 scheme on defense, and Bills' general manager Buddy Nix drafted Merriman while working for the Chargers as Director of Player Personnel.

    At the same time, the Bills certainly could have benefited from adding another weapon in the passing game.

    Even though Steve Johnson and Lee Evans have been outstanding in recent weeks, Ryan Fitzpatrick needs all the help he can get with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller struggling to get the running game off the ground.

No. 20: Dallas Cowboys

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    IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 14: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots moves on the field during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on October 14, 2007 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The team that famously passed on Moss in the draft had a chance to make a big splash by claiming the unemployed receiver off waivers.

    With his team searching for any kind of a spark at 1-6, Jerry Jones doesn't have much more to lose.

    Wade Phillips isn't the only one thanking his lucky stars Moss didn't wind up in Dallas.

No. 19: Carolina Panthers

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers in action during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Carolina would have been a logical destination for Moss.

    A series of unfortunate circumstances has forced the Panthers to rely heavily on rookie receivers Brandon LeFell and David Gettis.

    If nothing else, Moss would have brought a proven, experienced weapon to Carolina's anemic attack.

No. 18: San Francisco 49ers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:  Josh Morgan #84 of the San Francisco 49ers against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    San Francisco already has a No. 84, but even a disinterested Randy Moss would have been a huge upgrade over Josh Morgan.

    Sure, the 49ers have Vernon Davis and Frank Gore.

    However, between Morgan, underachieving youngster Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn, the receiving corps leaves a lot to be desired.

    Mike Singletary's motivational tactics certainly would have been tested by Moss's presence.

No. 17: Denver Broncos

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Head coach of the Denver Broncos Josh McDaniels speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the start of a team training session at The Brit Oval on October 29, 2010 in London, England. The Denver Broncos will pla
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    Speaking of coaches who love "character guys," Denver's Josh McDaniels runs a tight ship in Denver.

    Unless McDaniels starts winning games, that ship might soon set sail down the Rio Grande all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Broncos can't run the ball, so giving Kyle Orton another weapon alongside Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd would have made sense.

    At the same time, it's difficult to see a marriage between Moss and McDaniels.

No. 16: Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - DECEMBER 19:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings gestures during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 19, 2004 in Detroit, Michigan. The Vikings won 28-27. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)
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    The Lions could always use a little help opposite of Calvin Johnson.

    Nate Burleson has stepped up and tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler have also been big contributors, but an offense with Moss and Johnson on the outside would be difficult to defend.

    Had the Lions made a claim, there is no guarantee Moss would have reported to the team.

No. 15: Cleveland Browns

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 31:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings runs onto the field before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    Perhaps no team in the NFL needs receivers more than the Cleveland Browns.

    Regardless of who is playing quarterback, the Browns have had difficulty generating big plays in the passing game during the last two seasons.

    Mike Holmgren certainly knows what Moss is capable of.

    Apparently the bad outweighed the good.

No. 14: Cincinnati Bengals

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons with Chad Ochocinco #85 at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Boy, would this have been fun.

    Already with two volatile star receivers and plenty of depth on the outside, Cincinnati steered clear of Moss.

    It really wouldn't have been surprising for the Bengals to give Moss a second chance, just as they have done with so many players in recent years.

No. 13: San Diego Chargers

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 25: Michael Griffin #33 of the Tennessee Titans woks to bring down Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers on December 25, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rex Brown/Getty Images)
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    There is no Vincent Jackson, and there will be no Randy Moss in San Diego.

    The Chargers have enough weapons, but they don't really have a receiver capable of stretching the field.

    Moss could have given San Diego's offense a lift and possibly even spurned another late-season playoff push.

No. 12: Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 31:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals comes off the line of scrimmage against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    The Cardinals don't have a glaring need at wide receiver, but offsetting Larry Fitzgerald with Randy Moss would have created nightmare matchups for opponents.

    Arizona clearly needs a quarterback more than anything else.

    Maybe the Vikings will place Brett Favre on waivers.

No. 11: Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins walks the sideline as his team plays the Green Bay Packers at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won the game in overtime 16-13.  (Photo by Win
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    Before the Shanahan family heaps more blame on Donovan McNabb, they should take a look at what he has to work with at wide receiver.

    Had it not been for the controversy surrounding McNabb, you have to wonder if Daniel Snyder would have made a move for Randy Moss.

    He would have fit right in with the soap opera in Landover.

No. 10: St. Louis Rams

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks for an open receiver against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    The Rams have a nice thing going with Sam Bradford leading the way.

    At the same time, injuries to Mark Clayton and Donnie Avery have forced the Rams to rely on unproven receivers.

    Even though it's worked so far, Bradford could have used a proven weapon.

    The Rams reportedly discussed claiming Moss on waivers, but opted against the move out of concern Moss would not report.

No. 9: Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots runs against Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game on December 14, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/
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    Al Davis evidently wanted no part of taking another chance on Randy Moss.

    After Moss created more headaches than anything else during his stint in Oakland, the Raiders weren't likely to have any interest in Moss.

    With a receiving corps still a work in progress, Moss would have brought stability and helped free up an improving running game.

    That is, if he would have reported.

No. 8: Jacksonville Jaguars

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty
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    The Jaguars could use a boost in attendance, and adding Moss might have at least helped end the weekly threat of blackouts in Jacksonville.

    With an improving group of young receivers led by Mike Sims-Walker, it's no surprise the Jags passed on claiming Moss.

No. 7: Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE - OCTOBER 24:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on October 24, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    The Seahawks were expected to take a long look at claiming Moss off waivers.

    Based on multiple reports Wednesday, Pete Carroll had little interest in adding another potential problem-child at wide receiver.

    After Carroll parted ways with prima donna T.J. Houshmandzadeh earlier this year, it's not completely surprising Moss wasn't claimed by Seattle.

    Mike Williams has been a revelation, but the rest of the receivers are average at best.

No. 6: Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Andy Reid, Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Randy Moss?

    That would have been something.

    The Eagles don't have a glaring need for Moss, but Andy Reid's passion for throwing the ball would have made Moss a nice fit in Philly.

No. 5: Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 26:  Receiver Brandon Marshall #19 of the Miami Dolphins shouts during a game against the New York Jets at Sun Life Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Aside from Brandon Marshall and slot-specialist Davone Bess, the Dolphins are still one threat away from being able to consistently compete against the NFL's best defenses.

    Since the running game has struggled all season, Miami has suddenly been forced to pass the ball more than expected.

    Miami reportedly had at least a little interest in Moss, but evidently not enough to make a claim.

No. 4: Houston Texans

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Jacoby Jones #12 of Houston Texans is tackled during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Kevin Walter has been a colossal disappointment and Jacoby Jones has been banged up.

    With scoring points being the key for the defensively-challenged Texans, adding another weapon could have helped Houston get over the hump and maybe even make noise in the playoffs.

No. 3: Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - OCTOBER 17: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears talks with offensive coordinator Mike Martz during a time-out as Caleb Hanie #12 listens in against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on October 17, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defea
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    It's just so fun to imagine the prickly Jay Cutler interacting with the irritable Randy Moss.

    Throw Mike Martz into the mix and you have a volcanic threesome.

    Aside from the chance to see sideline scuffles, Cutler's huge arm coupled with Martz's passion for throwing deep could have led to considerable success for Moss.

    Cutler could use another receiver capable of stretching the field besides Johnny Knox.

    The more you think about it, the more a claim by the Bears would have made sense.

No. 2: Green Bay Packers

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to throw against the New York Jets on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Packers defeated the Jets 9-0.  (Photo by Jim McIs
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    Donald Driver is nearing the end of the road, placing added pressure on James Jones and Jordy Nelson.

    Already without Jermichael Finley, Aaron Rodgers can't afford to lose many more weapons.

    The fan-fallout from bringing in Moss probably was enough to prevent the Packers from seriously considering claiming him.

No. 1: New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31:  Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tackles Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints won 20-10 over the Steelers.  (Photo by Karl Walte
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    As fantasy football owners know all too well, the Saints have an abundance of wide receivers and there just aren't enough balls to go around.

    On the surface, it might appear bringing in a player with Moss's ego could have been a disaster waiting to happen.

    Still, adding depth in the form of a future Hall of Famer is never a bad thing.

    Sean Payton likely would have found a way to keep Moss tuned in while getting him involved in the offense.