Rosenthal officially commenced the speculation regarding the next destination of Randy Moss.
But I don’t need three guesses.
Though one of the teams with a record worse than 5-2 may try to squat on Moss, I firmly believe that the New York Jets will make a claim for his services.
The Jets will be motivated by a desire to keep Moss from returning to the Patriots, and by an interest in sticking it to the Pats by winning with one of their castoffs (see Danny Woodhead).
Also, Moss may be better than Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes. Neither has done all that much this year, and both made relatively small contributions on Sunday against the Packers.
Then there’s the Rex Ryan-Mike Tannenbaum willingness to bring in big-name players whom others have doubted and to use that external doubt to light a fire under their asses. Guys like Antontio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson were believed to be washed up elsewhere; they’re now key contributors in New York.
Of course, the possibility that the Jets would claim Moss could make the Dolphins (one of Rosenthal’s projected destinations) even more likely to make a claim for Moss, since it would keep him from both of their AFC East rivals. It also would reunite him with former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington, perhaps a guy who can keep Moss from becoming a problem.
We’re also intrigued by the slim possibility that the Browns, who play the Pats and Jets in the next two weekends, would consider bringing Moss to town. It’s highly unlikely, but in a weird sort of way it would make a little bit of sense.
Regardless, first Moss must officially be waived. As Jay Glazer has reported, it hasn’t happened yet.