This could go one of two ways…
According to Randy and his agent, the 35 year old (today is his birthday, btw) wide receiver is still hungry, still has the fire to play some ball and plans to play some ball when next season rolls around. Remember Moss and Brady a few years ago? They followed that absurd 16-0 season with another great season before the Patriots released Moss. It was really…really strange.
People immediately said Moss was washed up. Really? A few months after catching a bajillion touchdowns, the dude was washed up? Personally, I thought he was depressed. They tried to grab him and spark a little magic in Minnesota. That didn’t work out. They tried to grab him and offer a little spark of anything in Tennessee–not even sure he stepped on the field there. I certainly don’t think he was washed up–I just think he didn’t care. Not at all.
Didn’t care to get off the line quickly. Didn’t care about offering the extra effort to create separation. Didn’t care about battling for balls that could go to WR or DB…just didn’t care. He felt slighted and was obviously hurt by the New England Patriots. I felt that was the first sign of the decline of New England.
So. Can Moss still play? Like I said–one of two ways.
If Randy Moss decides to enter beast mode, I have no doubt that he’s got more in the tank. A lot more. He’s still faster than people realize, and if he actually puts in the work on increasing speed and explosiveness, he’ll be an opening day asset to any squad.
He puts it out there, takes an offer, shows up to camp and does what is required. This scenario would not end well. Though I have a feeling we’ll see the first.
There are several squads that would benefit from scenario 1. Let’s just go with that one, shall we? For starters, New England. I’m also thinking San Francisco, or Arizona to complement and compliment Larry Fitzgerald. Chicago wouldn’t be a terrible option. I’m sure Cutler would appreciate it, again, if scenario 1 bears fruit. What about New Orleans? They’re stacked, but really don’t have that receiver who can just separate at will. Or perhaps Carolina–that could be a vicious enhancement…again, when considering scenario 1.
It’s going to be interesting to see where Mr. Moss lands. No doubt he’ll only be interested in legit contenders. If not, we know it’s a money thing, and we should not expect…scenario 1.