Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Source: Jets skip Moss, Merriman
The New York Jets did not put in waiver claims for wide receiver Randy Moss or linebacker Shawne Merriman, a league source told ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini on Wednesday.
Sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Wednesday that the Tennessee Titans claimed Moss and the Buffalo Bills, who had the first waiver claim, chose Merriman.
That news comes on the heels of a report that Moss met with some Jets players on Tuesday and the team saying it had no contact with the troubled wideout.
Moss was put on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday and could be in another uniform by Wednesday evening. The Jets have been mentioned as a team that might have interest in Moss.
"Randy Moss, I've learned, was in Boston Monday, and was in New Jersey yesterday," WFAN's Craig Carton said on his show with Boomer Esiason. "Meaning, you've got yourself the Patriots and the Jets talking about Randy Moss."
When reached by Cimini on Wednesday, the Jets denied reaching out to Moss in violation of NFL tampering rules.
"We've had no contact with Randy Moss or his representatives," Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said.
Jets coach Rex Ryan didn't want to talk about Moss at all.
"My comment is there is no comment until he clears waivers," he said. "You know me, I'll get fined for something, so I'm not going to comment until he clears waivers."
Citing unidentified sources, Carton said that Moss met with players "at the same spot Mark Sanchez likes to frequent near his home."
The Jets had little chance of Moss falling to them anyway. Waiver claims are awarded in inverse order of current standings, meaning the Jets are 30th in line. They are two spots ahead of the Patriots, lending credence to the idea that they could have tried to block their AFC East rival from reacquiring Moss.
The Jets aren't officially out of the Moss running, however. But he would have to clear waivers without a team claiming him, become a free agent and then sign with the team of his choosing.
Once one of the most feared players in the NFL, Merriman was placed on waivers by the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.
Merriman was placed on the injured reserve list because of a calf injury and a "minor-injury designation" last month. The Chargers said when announcing the move that Merriman must be released once he's healthy.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.