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Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:02 pm
New England apparently won't be in Moss' future. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Randy Moss reintroduced himself to the public last week when he took to UStream to talk about everything from his NFL return to pro wrestling to his three piranha (one's named Gargamel because he's mean). Naturally, the media (us included) ran with it, speculating on where he might end up in 2012.

The list includes the obvious choices -- the Patriots, Redskins, 49ers, Jets and Eagles -- as well as the not-so-obvious: the IFL's Chicago Slaughter. (We talked about all this on a recent Pick-6 Podcast, conveniently embedded below.)

But Moss also had his detractors. Cris Carter reminded everyone that his former teammate was a quitter, and the Cowboys preemptively indicated that they'd pass on his services.

In Sunday's Boston Globe, Shalise Manza Young reiterated what some people already suspected: a Pats-Moss reunion isn't in the offing.

"Moss seems realistic about his chances, acknowledging that he may not play anywhere in 2012," Young wrote. "As for a possible Patriots reunion, the feeling here is that that ship has sailed."

If the Patriots were to pursue a veteran it would be someone like Reggie Wayne (we've been beating this drum for months now), especially given how poor a fit Chad Ochocinco turned out to be. If, instead, New England is looking for a young playmaker at the position, they could use their bottomless supply of draft picks to trade up and grab Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright or Michael Floyd. Or as's Pat Kirwan suggests, they could make a play for Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace. It would only cost them the 31st overall pick, and Wallace, unlike the would-be rookies, is already one of the league's best young wideouts.

As for Moss, we still think he's a more viable option than Terrell Owens. This falls firmly under the heading of "the soft bigotry of low expectations," but we're also talking about two guys in their mid-30s who last played in the NFL in 2010. And unlike T.O., who had a nasty habit of burning bridges, Moss was generally well regarded in Tennessee, his last stop before retirement.

He was great," one team official told NFL Network's Albert Breer earlier this week. "He was a great personality, he brought an energy to practice. He was constantly talking, but it was all in a competitive way, not a negative way.

"As a player, he's never been a great practice player, but there were no issues. The problem was in games, he'd lose interest, he'd dog it sometimes. ... He gets frustrated with double teams; when he gets bracketed, he'll shut it down, and that causes a problem for you. But as a guy, he was good here."

And that's the rub. Are there teams willing to gamble on a guy who they know will "shut it down" in exchange for the occasional big-play payoff? Given the glut of wide receivers about to flood free agency, there may not be much of a market for Moss. Then again, there aren't many people capable of doing what Moss did regularly during his career. 

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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:43 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:21 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

IF Moss will ever succeed  in the NFL again
Lets just stop right there. He won't.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:10 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

Ah ha --- ah ha --- ah ha ----

When this all first came up, I said it then:

There are many reasons Bill B got rid of him and they didn't want him making waves and being a cranky patch like he was at the start of 2010.  They CUT HIM to get rid of the cancer!  That's how bad things were!!  That doesn't just go away!   Heck, even Brady in the interviews shortly after you could tell he was glad to be rid of that a z z ... 

I'm glad many of you are not GMs!!  Stop putting Moss back on New England!!!  

So then Randy proclaimed "HAPPY TO BE HOME" when he got to Minnesota.  That was all well and good til he got cranky again, yelled at the buffet guy, etc. 

Philly, Oakland, Washington, Arizona, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, or wherever Peyton Manning ends up.. ..... best bets.

But NO PATRIOTS ... NO PATRIOTS .... That ship has sailed!!  Article states this too!!  Now GIT!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:29 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

IF Moss will ever succeed  in the NFL again, it will be on a team that has a solid internal core and that is very structured.  New England is one of those teams.  New England also knows Moss well from his years there.  If New England is saying "no thanks," that is not a good sign for Moss.  I was listened to a local sports talk show in N.O. about a week ago when Moss 1st started talking about a comeback.  The local New Orleans guy was interviewing some reporter or beat writer from Boston.  He (Boston guy) suggested Moss would be a good fit for New Orleans or Pittsburgh because of the strong internal team structures.  That Moss would "get in line" with the other 55-60 guys on the team.  I hope the Saints are smart enough to keep this quitter out of the Big Easy.  We have enough weapons already, not to mention an abundance of guys who bust their a**es on every play, every practice, and who don't need Moss stinking up a great lockerroom.    

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:33 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

Are you kidding me, lakerdukeyanks? If you said this to me 5 years ago, I would actually consider your thought, but lets think about this. Chad Johnson did nothing with the Pats this year, TO and Moss didn't even play. Moss, in his last season, bounced around 3 teams and was never productive like his first season in NE. On top of that, he clearly was not interested in playing hard. TO is the only one to consider becuase in his last season, he will still pretty productive for an old guy (9 touchdowns, I believe). The best bet is drafting a young WR or getting Wayne from the Colts.

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:30 am
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Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:17 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

I don't really care what the Patriots do. They made to the Super Bowl, and lost again. I really don't care when you cut guys the day before the Super Bowl. Bad karma.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:15 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

The Pats might not resign Randy, but what about his older brother Jacob? Aside from occasionally speaking like a 90 year old man and apparently having poor vision, he looks strikingly similar to Randy so perhaps he shares his athletic prowess as well. It's worth a shot if Jacob would accept the league minimum.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:08 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

The Pats will make a play for a WR but I doubt it will be Moss.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:08 am

Report: Pats on Randy Moss: That ship has sailed

I think that's an AWESOME idea, bringing in Moss and T.O., and putting them with Chad Johnson. What could possibly go wrong? I mean, just think of all the super bowl rings those 3 receivers have! And even tho the Patriots havent won the big one since the owner and coach Bill "Brian" Belichick started going after high-priced malcontents 6 or 7 years back, anybody would have to realize that 3 negatives make a positive, EVERY TIME. I say, do it, Patsies!! Make a Dolphin fan happy.

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