Last month, public statements from Jets coach Rex Ryan regarding free-agent-to-be receiver Randy Moss sparked a string of reports and plenty of speculation that the Jets will make a beeline for Moss once the lockout ends. Since then, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum has declined on multiple occasions to discuss the situation, the reports of potential interest have continued, and privately the Jets have tried to throw water on the perception that Moss represents a fallback option, in the event Braylon Edwards and/or Santonio Holmes leave.
Enter owner Woody Johnson, who has given new life to the Randy Moss rumors via statements made last week, at the ownership meetings in Indianapolis.
“There’s no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots,” Johnson told Albert Breer of NFL Network. “That’s about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he’s accomplished during those years.” Johnson also acknowledged that the Jets have worked on “scenario development” when it comes to free agency, without getting specific regarding whether those scenarios include Moss.
But Johnson’s assessment that Moss “has the God-given talent to be a superstar” suggests to us that the organization believes that, if the right buttons are pressed, Moss can make the same kind of career transformation that was witnessed in 2007, when after Moss supposedly was washed up in Oakland he put together one of the greatest single seasons for any receiver in NFL history.