JETS COULD HANDLE ANY TYPE OF MOSS DRAMABy Jane McManus
It's hard to imagine there is any genuine wheeling and dealing going on with the freeze on free agency during the NFL lockout. But somehow it has bubbled up that the Jets could be interested in wide receiver Randy Moss.
That's right, the sometimes contentious player who failed to produce for any of his three teams last season, leaving a swath of alienated teammates and fans in New England, Minnesota and Tennessee. And now the Jets could be interested in adding Moss, depending on what happens with current wideouts Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes.
Maybe Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan are insane, but why not add another clown to the circus?
It might not have been smart to bring in Edwards, who had a Cleveland court date set when he arrived in New York. A subsequent DWI arrest has only complicated matters. With Holmes, there were violations of NFL drug policy that could have scared off most teams, but not the Jets.
Ryan must feel he can take whatever baggage comes with the prima donnas and unpack it while they are free to work their magic for the green and white. So far, it has worked. Holmes' four-game suspension didn't seem to hurt the Jets last season -- the team made it back to the AFC Championship Game.
There is the question of whether there is more production to be wrung from Moss, but the Jets took a former great last year in LaDainian Tomlinson and got their money's worth from the running back.
If the Jets could add Moss, Plaxico Burress and Chad Ochocinco to the roster and make it to the Super Bowl, is there any reason to think that Ryan wouldn't take that risk?
The popping off, the reality shows, possible mug shots -- it couldn't be any more drama than the team dealt with last season. Between alleged harassment, Internet scandals and Tripgate, the Jets' PR staff is now fully equipped to manage all kinds of unforeseen nightmares.
Moss? That's cake.
SAY 'NO MOSS' TO PLAYER WITH NO FIGHT IN HIMBy Rich Cimini
Rex Ryan's mantra -- "Play Like a Jet" -- is displayed on walls throughout the Jets' training facility in New Jersey. If he signs free agent Randy Moss, it will have to be changed:
Play Like a Jet ... When You Feel Like it.
The Jets should stay far, far away from Moss, who has been described by Darrelle Revis as a "slouch" for this lack of in-game intensity. Moss is a future Hall of Famer, for sure, but he's 34, coming off his worst season. That, coupled with his notoriously hot and cold motor, makes him a bad buy.
First of all, this notion that the Jets are going to chase down Moss as soon as the league year begins (whenever that is) is preposterous. Their top priority is re-signing their own free-agent receivers, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith. If one or two get away, they will work down their list of potential replacements. Moss is down on the list, along with the soon-to-be-freed Plaxico Burress.
If they do sign Moss, it would be wrong on many levels.
Yes, Ryan has succeeded with players who came to New York with off-the-field issues, but the key word is "off." Moss has on-the-field issues that would threaten the Jets' chemistry on offense. He doesn't block and he sulks when he doesn't get the ball. Ryan can work his magic with problem players as long as they love football and want to win, but can we honestly say that Moss falls into that category?
The hallmark of the Jets' offense is versatility -- receivers who can play any spot, backs who can split out as receivers, etc. -- but Moss is a one-trick pony. He's a vertical receiver -- a vertical receiver who has lost a step.
Moss caught only nine passes in four games last season with the Patriots, who sent him packing. If that's all he could manage on a pass-happy team with Tom Brady at quarterback, how would he handle a run-oriented offense with a still-developing Mark Sanchez?
With Moss, it's all about motivation. If he couldn't find it last season, a contract year, what makes the Jets think he's going to play like a Jet on a short-term deal? Stay away.