NFL Rumors: 5 Teams That Could Convince Randy Moss to Come out of Retirement
NFL fans rejoice!
A player has finally emerged to take the place of that Mississippian who will remain unnamed as the league's most talked about retired player.
Randy Moss announced his retirement yesterday after supposedly deciding none of his options were worth continuing to play football. Like that other quarterback, teams will probably try to convince Moss to continue playing as his retirement did not seem final.
It will take a special situation to convince a player who famously said that he, "plays when he wants to" to un-retire, but a team with an established quarterback and downfield passing attack may be able to convince one of the greatest deep threats in league history to put on the pads one more time.
Here are five teams that have qualities Moss may find attractive.
New York Giants
The Giants missed out on signing another 34-year-old receiver, Plaxico Burress, and still need a deep threat for Eli Manning. The possibility of playing in New York City would appeal to a player like Moss who craves the limelight.
With the Giants, Moss would put himself on a team with an established quarterback. The Giants are set with possession receivers, so Moss would not be bothered with running inside routes and could be utilized running deep routes, something he does best.
The Ravens tried desperately to find a deep threat last season, auditioning Donte Stallworth and T. J. Houshmandzadeh. Both failed miserably.
After cutting Derrick Mason and Todd Heap, their receiving corps is left with only one established NFL player, Anquan Boldin. With an emerging elite quarterback in Joe Flacco, this team needs a deep threat.
Moss may not find the Ravens run heavy attack totally to his liking, but the Ravens should try to pursue him. As with the Giants, he would be needed only to run deep routes. If the Ravens cannot bring in another wide receiver to help Boldin, Ray Rice may become an even bigger part of the passing attack and he cannot be counted on to continue taking an increased beating.
The Steelers also missed out on Burress, so they could be looking for another deep threat. They already have an emerging burner in Mike Wallace, but he remains fairly raw. Bringing in the master of the fly route, Moss, could help his development continue.
Moss could benefit from playing with Ben Roethlisberger, who throws one of the best deep balls in the game. However, the presence of Wallace could complicate things, as it is hard to see Moss content with being the second best deep threat on a team.
The Colts have gotten away with surrounding Reggie Wayne with unspectacular receivers since the retirement of Marvin Harrison. Moss would stretch the field in ways that Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon cannot.
Playing for the Colts would also give Moss a chance to extract revenge on the New England Patriots who unceremoniously dumped him last season. This revenge factor cannot be discounted when dealing with a star of Moss's caliber.
There are about 50 reasons Randy Moss could end up with the Houston Texans since 50 is about the average number of times the Texans put the ball in the air every game. Moss would love playing in this type of offense.
Moss is reported to still be in freakishly good shape, although this could just be his agent talking up his client. Moss's 2009 season was excellent. He gained over 1,200 yards and had 13 touchdowns. It's hard to believe he lost that form in one season, especially since he never took a huge beating during his career and was rarely injured.
If Randy Moss is indeed in freakish shape, pairing him with Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub could be an unstoppable combination. With their offensive prowess, the Texans have been on the cusp of overtaking the Colts in the AFC South and a still explosive Moss could be enough to put them over the top.