Four Corners: Is Moss worth picking up, and where will he end up?

November 03, 2010

Chargers viable home

Ken Murray

Baltimore Sun

No self-respecting team would want to deal with Randy Moss. For every big catch or touchdown he makes, you get 10 times the trouble from the insolent, disinterested Moss. At 33, Moss can still make plays, but he takes off more plays than he makes. Who wants to put up with that?

OK, so there will be somebody out there who thinks $3.38 million for half a season is a bargain. Remember, the waiver process starts at the bottom. It makes no sense for the Bills (first claim priority), the Panthers (2nd) or Cowboys (3rd) to go there. But get down to the 10th claim priority — the Chargers — and you might make a case. The Seahawks at 16, the Bears at 17 and the Dolphins at 18 could be interested.

My guess is the Dolphins will take a shot at him if the Bears don't make the first move. And if he passes through waivers, I think the Jets bring another character onto Rex Ryan's love boat.

kmurray@tribune.com

Not worth the hassle

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

Randy Moss, skilled as he is, could wind up watching the rest of the NFL season from his couch.

Four teams have cut ties with him — the Vikings (twice), Raiders and Patriots — and, considering how toxic he can be, he would instantly be a legitimate concern for his next potential employer. Plus, with a potential lockout looming and teams squirreling away cash, is anyone going to want to absorb the Rent-a-Randy cost?

If a team does, it could be the 49ers, who need another receiver and still like their chances in the NFC West; the Seahawks, who have done more roster juggling over the past year than anyone; or maybe the Bears.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Rams could be a fit

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

There isn't a team in the NFL that should not be considering Randy Moss on its roster. But there are very few teams that should be serious about pulling the trigger on acquiring Moss.

The controversial receiver has value only in the perfect situation. He clearly didn't have much value in Minnesota, and lost whatever value he did have in New England.

He needs a contending team with a void at wide receiver, a strong head coach, a secure quarterback whose leadership is unquestioned and an offensive scheme that will allow him to do his thing — that means no West Coast offense teams.

If you put Moss where he doesn't fit, he can be a detriment. My best guess on where he might end up? St. Louis, where he is either going to be Sam Bradford's best friend, or his worst enemy.

dpompei@tribune.com

Dolphins should dive in

Steve Svekis

Sun Sentinel

I don't see many fits for the future Hall of Fame receiver, who has become the NFL's Pandora's box. His constant glowering and maddening penchant to not show up on a chunk of plays can kill a team.

However, even at 33, he can still get behind the most skilled of corners, and it has to be tempting for a team such as the Dolphins to take a hard look at the mercurial Moss. Pairing him up with Brandon Marshall would give offensive sets ultra-talented 6-foot-4 bookends and help the unit find a solution for its dearth of touchdowns (they haven't scored more than two in any game this season).

Also, doesn't Moss have to be motivated by figuring that this team will be his last chance in the NFL as he only gets longer in the tooth?

ssvekis@tribune.com

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