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Woody Johnson gives credence to Randy Moss rumors

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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.

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39 Responses to “Woody Johnson gives credence to Randy Moss rumors”
  1. PFTiswhatitis says: May 30, 2011 9:44 AM

    More interesting are the rumors that the Pats will be making a beeline to Santonio Holmes once the lockout ends. Take that grimy green.

  2. ygkr85 says: May 30, 2011 9:48 AM

    Moss>Edwards right now? And cheaper? I’d say it is worth exploring…

  3. citizenstrange says: May 30, 2011 10:05 AM

    If you thought Moss quit on the Patriots with Brady throwing to him just wait until you see the pouty party he throws for Sanchez.

  4. mangoldbond says: May 30, 2011 10:06 AM

    moss this moss that, moss this moss that

  5. ampats says: May 30, 2011 10:17 AM

    If I was a Jets fan, I would be wishing that the league resumes under the 2010 rules so that “Tone” and Brad Smith remain as restricted free agents because all this posturing is about the strong possibility of losing at least two of their possible three free agent WR’s.( Edwards)

    Now I need to take a shower, just the thought of the stench of being a Jets fan.

  6. kelvinmchale says: May 30, 2011 10:18 AM

    Where’s Woody Johnson’s stupid baseball hat that he always wears with his suit? Everyone knows no suit is complete without a ratty ball cap. What a weird, creepy guy.

  7. CKL says: May 30, 2011 10:22 AM

    You are welcome to him, Jets.
    I have no fear of him playing against the Pats. I never loved him as a Pat to begin with. If you guys signed Faulk or someone who was a lifetime Pat who I consider to be a valuable part of actual championships and a great TEAM player, I’d be upset though.

  8. gbfanforever says: May 30, 2011 10:24 AM

    Any GM desperately pursuing Moss should be immediately relieved of his duties and referred to a mental health facility. Simply unbelievable. He managed to stink up three separate teams in one season but you think he’s magically going to change for you? It’s like the mentality of a young women who thinks she can change a bad boy into being a faithful partner.

  9. stixzidinia says: May 30, 2011 10:29 AM

    Used to be the media didn’t report rumors. Used to be the media would get confirmation from multiple sources before going public with a story. Today’s sports media is on par with The Star and National Enquirer. It’s tabloid journalism at best.

  10. tombradyhonorsociety says: May 30, 2011 10:46 AM

    Ha ha ha! You want Moss…you can have him.

    The Pats will be on Holmes faster than Rex Ryan on a foot.

  11. ytownie says: May 30, 2011 11:18 AM

    Anyone who would flat out quit on his teammates and coaches , in spite of making millions, like Moss did in Oakland is no superstar.

  12. tunescribe says: May 30, 2011 11:20 AM

    So, the Green Beans have worked on “scenario development” when it comes to free agency?! Zowie! Weird Woody should be more careful letting slip with trade secrets.

  13. richm2256 says: May 30, 2011 11:22 AM

    Pats fan to Jets:

    Go ahead and sign him.

    PLEASE!

    If Bill Belichick got the most ever out of Randy Moss and had to give up on him, what the hell is Rex Ryan going to be able to do, especially with a quarterback who can’t carry Tom Brady’s cleats?

    Yes, yes, yes, sign him as soon as you can!

  14. yankees5775 says: May 30, 2011 11:29 AM

    “Particularly with the Patriots”?

    Doesn’t he mean the Vikings?

  15. txchief says: May 30, 2011 11:35 AM

    I’m sure Rex could seal the deal with Randy with a good pedicure and foot massage.

  16. jrs1972 says: May 30, 2011 11:50 AM

    They should worry about a quarterback first. Mark Sanchez? i just dont see it. Maybe someday he’ll be average.

  17. chadmurdigan says: May 30, 2011 12:13 PM

    The Jets should explore bringing in Carolina’s Steve Smith instead of Moss. Smith would do anything to win a Super Bowl ring. I don’t think Moss has the passion for the game anymore.

  18. backindasaddle says: May 30, 2011 12:28 PM

    The problem with Randy is that the offense must be tailored to him. That was the problem that led the Pats to releasing him. Brady was having to force the ball to Randy too often and too often ending up with INTs. Randy was highly affective with the Pats initially, but it had run its course, become one dimensional and predictable.

    The other thing is that if Moss is not the “featured” guy and getting thrown to early and often, he WILL become a problem.

  19. scott8nj says: May 30, 2011 12:41 PM

    If Moss would have shut his mouth and given 100% effort last year he would have ended the year with the Patriots. He would have several suitors right now, including the Patriots. But, then he wouldn’t be Randy Moss. Despite playing on a contender with one of the best QB’s of all time, he became a lazy, complaining, “me first” pain in the ass. I don’t see why any team would want him now.

  20. MichaelEdits says: May 30, 2011 1:12 PM

    Moss also knows the Patriots’ playbook.

  21. j3ts83 says: May 30, 2011 1:53 PM

    backindasaddle says:
    May 30, 2011 12:28 PM
    The problem with Randy is that the offense must be tailored to him. That was the problem that led the Pats to releasing him. Brady was having to force the ball to Randy too often and too often ending up with INTs. Randy was highly affective with the Pats initially, but it had run its course, become one dimensional and predictable.

    The other thing is that if Moss is not the “featured” guy and getting thrown to early and often, he WILL become a problem.

    Yeah, Brady’s been real effective since they cheated with 0 superbowls…. Say what you want about the Jets, but Rex Ryan against all the all great Belicheat is 3-2 and shut down Brady in the playoffs. Ryan in his first 2 years with a rookie quarterback in his 1st 2 years have been to 2 AFC Championships and you guys bash him… morons

  22. jetsarestacked says: May 30, 2011 2:14 PM

    to all you pats fans, if they manage to get holmes (which i doubt since rex absolutely has a man crush on him) then who cares? that’s what revis is for. he would lock up tone just like every other receiver he goes up against.

  23. backinblack67 says: May 30, 2011 2:34 PM

    scott8nj says:
    May 30, 2011 12:41 PM
    If Moss would have shut his mouth and given 100% effort last year he would have ended the year with the Patriots. He would have several suitors right now, including the Patriots. But, then he wouldn’t be Randy Moss. Despite playing on a contender with one of the best QB’s of all time, he became a lazy, complaining, “me first” pain in the ass. I don’t see why any team would want him now.

    The reason any team would would want Moss is because he is better than most when he is giving 50%. I hate to admit it,…but it is true.

  24. lance19 says: May 30, 2011 4:06 PM

    After the lockout, Rex should ask the
    commissioner to have a meeting with
    him and Moss. Goodell (on script) then rips
    into Rex for, well, acting like Rex, then
    Goodell rips Moss for, well, 20 things
    over the last 20 years…
    Rex and Moss artificially bond, until Rex
    writes a book next year, revealing how he
    punk’d the moody receiver.

  25. eddyjf says: May 30, 2011 4:34 PM

    Overkill. They’ve already declared themselves Super bowl winners again. Why add the cost and aggravation?

  26. tellemallrex says: May 30, 2011 4:35 PM

    What I can’t grasp is: According to Pats fans Sanchez is the leagues worst QB and Rex is a terrible coach….So how come the Jets were in the playoffs under these bums? Give credit where it’s due. We do. I hate Brady but respect him as an all time great, and BB may be the best ever, that’s why I am so happy any game we find a way to beat them. Why bash the Jets so much?… Getting nervous we are closing the gap?

  27. scott8nj says: May 30, 2011 4:35 PM

    He wasn’t last year. Or maybe you’re right, he was giving less than %50 last year. But that’s the problem.

  28. peanutbutter&jelly says: May 30, 2011 5:27 PM

    he stats are meaningless to me. this guy has openly quit on every team he has ever played for and i just cannot let something like that go. i have no respect for moss and never will and if the jets wanna sign him more power to them but be warned he will quit on you guys as well and probly right when you need a play the most and all because he wasn’t thrown to 25times a game. he’s a selfish a-hole and a detriment to any team he’s on

  29. j0esixpack says: May 30, 2011 5:46 PM

    stixzidinia says:Used to be the media didn’t report rumors. Used to be the media would get confirmation from multiple sources before going public with a story.

    Yes – it’s a sad day when a website called the Rumormill reports rumors.

    I never saw that coming. What’s this world coming to?

  30. crackills says: May 30, 2011 5:51 PM

    how the hell did you get that the Jets are interested in Moss from what Woody said?
    …..put the crack pipe down and stop making news where there is none.

  31. notacelticsfan says: May 30, 2011 7:30 PM

    “and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots”

    Oh? /vikings fans

    And CKL – you didn’t love him when he was catching a record 23 touchdowns one year? Gotcha.

  32. footballfan80 says: May 30, 2011 7:57 PM

    Richm2256-
    Be careful what you wish for. Cutting moss actually cost you a chance of beating the jets in the playoffs this year and actually winning a playoff game. jets jumped all short and intermediate passing routes bc they didn’t have to worry at all about any of the patriots receivers stretching the field. As a result, the jets were able to collapse the pocket and get to brady five times.

    Wleker

  33. baboushka says: May 30, 2011 8:11 PM

    What an obvious sucker punch this is! The Jets don’t want Randy Moss. They already know he has a return deal done with the Patriots. Kraft and Belichick already said they want him back “in a hearbeat”, under the “right” circumstances. And Moss pretty much agreed with them in a clear signal right before the shutdown. Moss said he wants to end his career with the Patriots and “hope they can work it out”.

    He said he had been humbled by the entire experience last year. Now all of us know that “humility” will only last about 2 years with him before the old Randy shows back up. But by then he will have exhausted all of his remaining fuel catching passes for Brady and the Patriots.

    The Jets want to use Moss as bait to keep the Patriots from bidding up Holmes and Edwards so high, they won’t be able to re-sign Brad Smith. That is the Jet, whom the Pats really covet as a Welker/Faulk replacement. And their best shot to get him is by bidding up Holmes and Edwards very high before bailing out. The Jets are countering this ploy by trying to bid up Moss way too high before bailing out.

    When this is all said and done, I bet Holmes and Edwards will still be Jets. Moss and Steve Smith will be Patriots. And Brad Smith will be in Carolina, St Louis, Seattle or with the Giants. And there he will blossom as the best of that available lot of wideouts in his young career.

  34. mike83ri says: May 30, 2011 8:22 PM

    Why isn’t this tampering?

  35. ampats says: May 30, 2011 9:23 PM

    babouska,

    the only team bidding up Edwards so high plays in Nebraska and is in the UFL.!!

  36. baboushka says: May 30, 2011 9:43 PM

    @ampats:

    You may be right about Edwards. He has hands of brick & stone. And the Patriots have zero real interest in him. Even though he is an ex Michigan alum like Brady. But it is not beyond the wiley Kraft and Belichick to try to coax the jets up on him. Or even deny them him by making another pursuer jump in.

    Either way. IMO Moss is heading back to NE. There has just been too many signals from Kraft, Belichick Brady, Wolfork and Moss that they would like to see that happen, “under the right circumstances”. Whatever that means.

  37. CKL says: May 31, 2011 9:19 AM

    notacelticsfan says:
    May 30, 2011 7:30 PM
    “and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots”

    Oh? /vikings fans

    And CKL – you didn’t love him when he was catching a record 23 touchdowns one year? Gotcha.
    ________________________________
    Nope, I did not love him on the Pats. Ever. I hate the spread offense BS that followed him in the door (or their wanting to implement it more as their base may be why they got him). I hate finesse offense. I hate the way Brady got so reliant on him and had to placate him all the time by making decidedly “unBradylike” throws to him. Brady is a QB who has always said his favorite WR is the open one. Moss put that on hold for a bit. Having a Wr like that affected Brady’s game in a negative way IMO. Two of his 4 INTS last year were “Chuck it to Moss” specials. They started phasing Moss out in TC 2010 when they drafted two talented young TEs last year so they could get more PHYSICAL and that made me very, very, very, happy.

  38. notacelticsfan says: May 31, 2011 4:51 PM

    CKL says:
    May 31, 2011 9:19 AM

    “Having a Wr like that affected Brady’s game in a negative way IMO.”

    scoff.

    I refer you to the 2007 season and kindly ask you to not be disingenuous. You don’t like Moss’ personality, fine. Just say that. Don’t cling to some imaginary reality you’ve created where Moss “affected Brady’s game in a negative way.”

    Cause that’s just stupid.

  39. CKL says: May 31, 2011 6:23 PM

    I don’t like his personality AND I don’t like what his presence did to the way Brady played. Did I hope Moss did well despite the fact I wasn’t fond of him? Of course, I root for the team so I want them all to play well.

    In 07, it was a new dynamic so defenses weren’t prepared for it which was one reason it was successful. And the fact of the matter is their offensive production tailed off dramatically in late 07 minus that last fateful game against the NYG. Sorry you think I’m a liar but it’s the truth. Records don’t mean crap to me. The Pats won absolutely nothing while setting any sort of individual stat records. I have no reason to pretend or cling to anything imaginary or otherwise. I resent your patronizing attitude.

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