Randy Moss, Seattle and the NFC West


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Randy Moss' agent told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins quickly reached out to him upon learning of the Minnesota Vikings' plans to release the veteran receiver.

Seattle has shown little restraint in attempting to upgrade its roster, taking a chance on receiver Mike Williams and trading for running back Marshawn Lynch, to name a couple moves.

Moss would give the Seahawks a deep threat to pair opposite Williams.

Taking a chance on Moss would make sense for the Seahawks, in my view, even though the St. Louis Rams have a greater need.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and I discussed Moss' NFC West prospects on the phone a short time ago. Williamson thought the Rams would make for the best landing spot, but he thought every team in the division should ultimately pass on adding a player with the baggage Moss carries.

I'll summarize his Moss-related thoughts on each NFC West team:

Arizona: Larry Fitzgerald grew up around Moss in Minnesota and knows him well. Moss' addition would allow Steve Breaston to work from the slot, giving the Cardinals quite an arsenal. But Arizona needs a quarterback more than it needs a receiver. If Moss wasn't into catching passes from Tom Brady or Brett Favre, imagine what he might think of Max Hall or Derek Anderson.

St. Louis: The Rams finally have a good thing going. They don't need a potential malcontent setting a poor example for young receivers and the rest of the team. The Rams aren't a championship team, anyway. Moss isn't going to put them over the top or become part of their future.

San Francisco: Moss would fit very well opposite Michael Crabtree, particularly with Vernon Davis attracting so much attention. But the 49ers have enough headaches this season without adding another one.

Moss would undoubtedly become a strong influence on Crabtree. The bad would outweigh the good there even though Moss ranks among the smartest receivers of his generation.

Seattle: Williams is essentially a small tight end in Williamson's view. Moss would give the Seahawks something they can't get from any of their other receivers. But if Bill Belichick decided Moss wasn't worth the trouble, Moss probably isn't worth the trouble. Matt Hasselbeck isn't a great deep thrower, anyway.