Monday, November 1, 2010
How would Randy Moss look in aqua?
By Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- I wonder if Randy Moss Motorsports has a moving van division.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress told his players Monday they were waiving Randy Moss. Less than 24 hours earlier, Moss lost in his return to Gillette Stadium, professed his love for the New England Patriots, publicly criticized Childress and gave up on a play that should've been a touchdown.
In the Patriots' locker room a few minutes after the news broke, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady asked a group of reporters if the report was true. When informed Moss truly had been waived, Brady looked a little surprised.
"No comment from me, guys," Brady said with a grin.
As the crowd lingered around his locker stall, another reporter asked if he was sure he didn't want to talk. Brady broached the idea of talking solely about the Patriots. A cameraman replied, "The Patriots are the reason he got waived." Brady laughed and walked away.
So where will Moss go? Back to the Patriots?
Because the trade deadline has passed, any player who has been released must go through the waiver process.
The Patriots have the best record in the NFL, which puts them at the back of the waiver order. There would be no reason for the Patriots to claim Moss -- even if they did want him back. If the first 31 teams pass on him, then the Patriots would be better off to sign him as a free agent for cheaper than his current contract.
The team that's awarded Moss must pay the remainder of his pro-rated $6.4 million salary.
The Buffalo Bills will have the first shot at Moss because they're the NFL's only winless team. It would be foolish for them to claim a malcontent with a large contract when the Bills have no shot at the playoffs. Maybe they'd sell a few tickets to curious fans, but would Moss report to Orchard Park? If he bothered to show up, would he try?
The Miami Dolphins would be an interesting landing spot. The Dolphins have struggled on offense, kicking 10 field goals over the past two weeks while scoring only two touchdowns.
They have dangerous receiver Brandon Marshall, but with Moss stretching defenses, Marshall and Davone Bess would have more room to make plays. A stagnating run game also would open up with defensive backs playing deeper.
Another interesting storyline would be if the Cleveland Browns claim Moss. The Patriots play the Browns on Sunday, and it would be a fascinating move if Eric Mangini wanted to tweak Bill Belichick and line up Moss against the Patriots for a second straight week.