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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: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2011 8:02 am

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

This would be fun to watch. Could be a good move, or a train wreck. He will be a fairly inexpensive acquisition. Maybe this will spur the Patriots to bring him back.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 1, 2011 3:13 am

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Doesn't matter who he goes to--there isn't going to be any football anyway. Freaking NFL.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:06 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

He could show the skills, and talent he had in the early years with Minnesota, but if he doesn`t take a trip to OZ, and get a new heart from the wizard, he`s done.

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:45 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

I like Randy right where  he is.But the reality is he would push Edwards to levels Braylon  never thought possible.The reality for me as  news reading and watching person our elected officials and business leaders have far more "character issues", than our professional athletes,and their issues sometimes directly affect my life....I'M JUST SAYING...

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:15 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

So who's going to be the "odd-man" out @ the receiver position if the Jets do decide to bring Moss aboard.....Braylon or Santonio? The Jets aren't going to tie-up a whole lot of $$$$ in 3 wide receivers.Undecided

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 6:36 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

I hope he stubs his toe tonight!

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:33 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Peyton Manning and Vincent Jackson to the Jets could be a reality too. I get it, when you can't make inaccurate claims about a whiney James Harrison being anything but the bad tackler and dirty player he is, you have to write about something. So why not guess about ol' Randy Moss who is a headcase like Harrison, but actually played within the rules? CBS is going from bad to worse with Will, Andy, and Ryan. They must choose people the show a lack of interest in Football or something.

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 5:19 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Typical Jets, becoming the Cowboys of the AFC without the rings.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:40 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

It's an odd situation for Randy Moss...he was an instant star in the Vikings offense, then was exiled to the Raiders. He did not flourish there and the Patriots got him for a song, and he became an instant star with them all seems odd to me, someone so talented can go through these highs and lows...last year had to be the low. First he went to the Vikings and didn't get along with Brad Childress, and then to the Titans, who never threw him the ball.

Well, if he goes to the Jets, maybe he'll become an instant star again. It's hard to know...if anyone can motivate him, it has to be Rex Ryan. I know he'll never see another fantasy team I own.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:52 pm

Randy Moss to the Jets could be a reality

Randy Moss went from being one of the greatest receivers ever to a journeyman WR.

It's a shame to see such laziness and such greatness in the same human.

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