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Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:28 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

For most NFL teams, the ubiquitous "character concerns" are enough to steer clear of a player, whether a draft prospect or a potential free agent. For the Jets, it's a term of endearment to be embraced. At least that's the perception.

Since Rex Ryan was named the Jets head coach prior to the 2009 season, the organization has welcomed with open arms Antonio Cromartie, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes. All former first-round picks, all immensely talented, and all with off-field issues. But not only was Ryan able keep disparate personalities in check, he managed to motivate his team all the way to the AFC Championship Game twice in two years. It's not a personnel philosophy many teams would endorse, but then again, there isn't another coach like Ryan.

Which is why it's not surprising that the Jets may have legitimate interest in wide receiver Randy Moss. On Monday, in a post about potential landing spots for Plaxico Burress, we speculated that the Jets could be in the running for Moss. Stop me if you've heard this before.

NFL Network's Albert Breer writes that between the league rumor mill and divining the words of Jets owner Woody Johnson, "it's not hard to see some reality" in a Moss-to-New York scenario.

"There's no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots," Johnson told Breer last week. "That's about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he's accomplished during those years."

Breer reports that the Jets have worked on "scenario development," which is a fancier, pithier way of saying "How we will deal with free agency should the lockout end tomorrow -- because it's going to be Thunderdome-type chaos around the league." It's good to have contingency plans, especially when the Jets have an abundance of would-be free agents, including Cromartie, Edwards, Holmes, and Brad Smith.

But Moss is 34 and his 2010 production suggests that his best days are firmly rooted in the past. And unless he can get his hands on a time machine, his biggest contribution to an offense will be the weekly complaints about not getting the ball. Of course, there were similar claims in 2006 that Moss was done. He had just finished his second season in Oakland and managed 42 receptions for 553 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots took Moss off Al Davis' hands in April 2007 for a fourth-round pick and then everyone watched in awe as Moss hauled in 98 catches for 1,493 yards and 23 touchdowns, and New England went undefeated in the 2007 regular season.

The seven-figure question laded with incentives then becomes: is the 2007 Moss still inhabiting the body of a man who looked disinterested and slow in 2010? It's doubtful. Moss is on the wrong side of 30, and his most explosive weapon -- his speed -- is waning. Plus, Mark Sanchez continues to improve as an NFL quarterback, but he's not Tom Brady. On more than one occasion, Moss has shown that his effort level is directly proportional to the number of passes accurately thrown his way. That could be a problem for Sanchez, whose career completion percentage is 54.4. 

Then again, Ryan has a way of getting the best from his players. Maybe he's exactly what Moss needs.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:33 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Randy Moss might be a good wide receiver when he wants to be, but how often is that? 10-20% of the time? It's just not worth the trouble. But then again Rex Ryan seems to embrace trouble and controversy so Moss and the Jets seem to be a perfect match.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 4:00 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Doesn't matter who the Jets get at WR when their QB sucks.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:49 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

He's a quitter and has an attitude problem.  Jets shouldn't even waste their time with this guy.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 2:59 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

perfect fit another aging old timer to a losing organization and the pathetic stupid fans that care about this team

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:29 am

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Moss plays when he wants to play. The Jets team doesnt have enough personality to contain the baggage he will bring. He is a patriot for life.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 11:01 am

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

I'm sure the Jet's will be happy once Debbie Downer gets there and brings the whole team down with that bad attitude.  Yep, turn the playoff run into a true circus and lead the team back to 5 wins.  When that does happen, you can thank Randy there.  (see Vikes, Raiders, New Egland) If you fill your team with guys like these, you are in for a world of hurt.  The first time you struggle, in steps Randy, Breland, half a dozen other guys now on that team to really put an ugly spin on it.  Don't think so?  Watch.  Randy in particular is like clockwork.  It's going to happen.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:39 am

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

They can have him hes washed up done. if this season dosent happen he will never play again. Randy has become a big nothing.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:49 am

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

moss is a whiney little tit baby. fuck him.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: June 1, 2011 9:03 am

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Wouldn't it just be easier if the the Jets simply google'd "NFL and jerk" and then signed each and every player listed accordingly?  Just sayin'.

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