Monday, September 26, 2011
Sources: No Dallas for Randy Moss
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- While Randy Moss might consider coming out of retirement to play again, don't expect the Dallas Cowboys to be among the suitors if he does.
Multiple sources said Monday morning the Cowboys have no interest in the veteran wide receiver who has 954 catches for 14,858 yards with 153 touchdowns in his career.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Moss would like an opportunity to play for a team with a winning record and listed the following teams: New England, Philadelphia, New York Giants and Jets, Chicago and Dallas. Moss will not call any of the teams, according to the source, but if they called him, he'll listen.
When Moss came out for the 1998 draft from Marshall, he thought the Cowboys would draft him eighth overall.
The Cowboys, instead, selected defensive end Greg Ellis from North Carolina and Moss slipped to 21st, going to the Minnesota Vikings.
Moss never forgave the Cowboys for bypassing him and in seven career games, Moss picked up 35 catches for 662 yards and 10 touchdowns against Jerry Jones' team.
The Cowboys, though, are focused on younger players, especially at the wide receiver position in 2011.
In the last two offseasons, the Cowboys parted ways with veteran receivers Roy Williams (release) and Patrick Crayton (trade) to get younger. In their place are younger starters in Miles Austin, a two-time Pro Bowler, and Dez Bryant.
The backup receivers remain inexperienced in Kevin Ogletree (14 career catches), Jesse Holley (three career catches) and rookie Dwayne Harris (no career catches). The team signed five-year veteran Laurent Robinson last week to add some depth to the position due to the health status of Austin and Bryant.
"I think each of those guys is doing a good job with the opportunities they've been given and they've had limited roles and then as games have gone on, they've had expanded roles," coach Jason Garrett said of Ogletree and Holley. "They have not been in awe of those situations at all. They've kind of stepped in there and continued to execute and made some plays for us."
In the Week 2 victory over San Francisco, it was Holley who replaced an injured Austin and caught a 77-yard pass to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime.
Austin won't play in Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins with a hamstring injury and Bryant, who is questionable for the game but expected to play, is battling a thigh bruise.
Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.