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Moss has turned down two teams, would listen to Patriots

File picture of wide receiver Randy Moss, who is retiring, according to his agent on Monday Reuters

As the New England Patriots face the very real prospect of losing their third straight game for the first time since 2002, the lack of a field-stretching threat in the passing game coupled with a potential three-game run of futility and the ongoing struggles of Chad Ochocinco could (not would or should, but could) prompt the Pats to pick up the phone and call Randy Moss.

As Peter King of Sports Illustrated pointed out during halftime of last night’s Maryland-Notre Dame game on NBC, Moss has not burned his bridge back to Foxborough, and Moss has told one veteran member of the Patriots that the Patriots are the only team for which Moss would play.

As a certain Internet hack pointed out in response, Moss has turned down two teams who offered him contracts this season.  If the Pats would call Moss, one of the first topics would be the money.  It’s believed that Moss is hoping for an annualized rate of $10 million, which with seven weeks left after Monday equates to $4.11 million for the balance of the year.  Moss likely would give the Pats a discount, if the phone rings.

Of course, none of this is relevant unless the phone rings.  But if the Pats get their collective bell rung on Sunday night, it could be time to throw a Hail Mary by adding a guy who has run under a few of them.

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36 Responses to “Moss has turned down two teams, would listen to Patriots”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2011 8:26 AM

    With a gun to their head, do the Pats take the bait?

  2. edmazeing1 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:29 AM

    Damn T.O would take way less, and still no takers!!!

  3. djteknision1200 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:36 AM

    I don’t think the Patriots will call Moss, because this would show everyone that Belichick made a mistake in trading Moss in the first place. I just don’t think his ego would let him place the call to Moss.

  4. TheWizard says: Nov 13, 2011 8:38 AM

    Price is the deep threat.

    If he can manage to get on the field.

    I just don’t see Belichick going back to the well twice on Moss.

  5. thechamp3 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:38 AM

    As a pats fan, ill welcome him back. Not necessarily with open arms, but with a short leash.

  6. raidermike says: Nov 13, 2011 8:40 AM

    Moss is done — so are the Patriots.

  7. James Myers says: Nov 13, 2011 8:46 AM

    Yeah…the 2 teams that he turned down are the Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Eskimos.

  8. yeahyeahyeahbono14 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:46 AM

    One phone call and Moss makes $4 million to play football, yet I have to work 60 hours a week, 50 weeks out of the year just to scrape by with all the bills. Good for him and all, but jeez. I’m gonna kill my friggin’ high school guidance counselor.

  9. unck420 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:47 AM

    …as he’s chiefin’ a blunt driving over police officers.

  10. mannynh says: Nov 13, 2011 8:49 AM

    Before the Pats do that, they should bench Ochostinco and let Taylor Price play. If that doesn’t work then I’m all for the Pats giving Moss a $3 million dollar contract (the same we’re paying Ochostinco) and straight up cutting Ochostinco, take the $$ lost to him on the chin and use it as a reminder to stop signing washed up players… oh wait..

    signed, Pats Fan!

  11. nysaysbringit says: Nov 13, 2011 8:51 AM

    Well…Haynesworth, Ocho-sink hole, Randy Moss….oh no …the hat-trick…LOL

  12. blackbeardk says: Nov 13, 2011 8:54 AM

    Candy Floss is done…the Pats can have him…but even they don’t want him. Hasn’t been very good at going deep in the past couple of years, and not much good for anything else…stick a fork in him…

  13. fin72 says: Nov 13, 2011 8:57 AM

    Yeah, maybe if this was Randy Moss of 5 years ago when he still had something left in the tank. Now, all you’d be getting is a big name and a big mouth.

  14. j0esixpack says: Nov 13, 2011 9:07 AM

    With everything to play for and his next contract riding on his performance last year, Moss was unable to establish himself as a deep threat last year for the Patriots.

    … and for the Vikings

    … and for the Titans

    Did I miss something or is there some reason to think that after aging a year, sitting out an entire offseason and half the regular season he’ll suddenly revert to his 2007 form?

  15. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Nov 13, 2011 9:10 AM

    I don’t see it. Bringing Moss back would be the equivalent of BB saying he was wrong. And if there is one thing BB is not going to do it’s admit that he was wrong. Hopefully, Price should be feeling better soon and they can see what this kid has as a burner. Go Pats! SWEEP THE JETS!

  16. Kent Johnson says: Nov 13, 2011 9:11 AM

    Okay, so let’s say the Pats lose tonight and Moss signs next week with a $4 m deal and can be ready to play for the last six games of the season, plus 1-3 playoff games.

    If he averages four catches a game and plays eight games total this season, that’s $125,000 per catch. Good money if you can get it in this economy…

    Unfortunately for the unemployed veteran, I just don’t think that Bob Kraft is open to getting annualized like that.

  17. randomguy9999 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:21 AM

    BB is definitely thinking it im sure…. Moss showed respect when he got canned more or less and he is still a deep threat requiring double team… And he knows the team…. How many guys like that are ready for a call right now?

    One

  18. tatum064 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:25 AM

    Please, oh please bring Randy Moss back, so they can get PUNKED yet again in the playoffs…Please?!

  19. tatum064 says: Nov 13, 2011 9:28 AM

    randomguy9999 says:
    Nov 13, 2011 9:21 AM
    BB is definitely thinking it im sure…. Moss showed respect when he got canned more or less and he is still a deep threat requiring double team… And he knows the team…. How many guys like that are ready for a call right now?
    ===============

    Carolina Panthers pretty much proved how to defense him. whoop his ass at the line, and he’ll eventually go to the sidelines….i respect the fact less that the Patriots would actually sign this dude with 8 to 7 games left for the playoff run, and a much deserved smashdown by the Ravens, Jets or Steelers before or in the AFC Championship.

  20. jnbnet says: Nov 13, 2011 9:28 AM

    nysaysbringit says:
    Nov 13, 2011 8:51 AM
    Well…Haynesworth, Ocho-sink hole, Randy Moss….oh no …the hat-trick…LOL

    Not the same…..While Haynesworth and 8-5 have done nothing, Moss did play very well until last year. He also set the single season touchdown record for a WR.

  21. CKL says: Nov 13, 2011 9:29 AM

    djteknision1200 says:
    Nov 13, 2011 8:36 AM
    I don’t think the Patriots will call Moss, because this would show everyone that Belichick made a mistake in trading Moss in the first place. I just don’t think his ego would let him place the call to Moss.
    _________________________________
    His EGO??? Really??? You mean the ego of the guy who was called a LIAR by Ty Law and who still tired to sign him back later on? The guy who traded for Deion Branch after a very ugly contract dispute led to Branch’s trade to the Seahawks????
    If you have EGO you don’t cut bait with Haynesworth midseason either. You keep him on the team to show “I WAS RIGHT”. BB has his faults for sure, but I never EVER think his ego gets in the way of trying to do what he thinks is best for the team.

  22. rexismybff says: Nov 13, 2011 9:31 AM

    Moss should get paid a pro-rated 10 million for a season worth of full-effort plays. Which in Randy’a case would amount to about three dollars fifty-five cents worth of full effort plays.

  23. ampats says: Nov 13, 2011 9:31 AM

    NFL fans will get to know Taylor Price tonight.

  24. acieu says: Nov 13, 2011 9:31 AM

    Smells like the agent desperately floating trial balloons.

  25. wikidpissah says: Nov 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    djteknision1200 says: 6 AM

    I don’t think the Patriots will call Moss, because this would show everyone that Belichick made a mistake in trading Moss in the first place. I just don’t think his ego would let him place the call to Moss.
    ————————————————-
    Not true at all. BB is unafraid to make moves that show he’s made mistakes or leave him open to creticism. Look at Hainsworth and Bodden in the past few weeks. Or earlier this year cutting Merriweather (a first round pick) in favor of undrafted free agents. If BB thinks Moss would make the Pats a better team, a call will be made.

  26. radzyfsu23 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:12 AM

    UFL teams don’t count as teams silly

  27. citizenstrange says: Nov 13, 2011 10:23 AM

    In his last year with the Patriots, Moss was such a malcontent slacker that Belichick traded him mid season.

    But if Moss comes back now he promises to give 100% effort for the rest of the season and any possible playoff games?

    That’s just a strange situation.

  28. nuclearwarfare says: Nov 13, 2011 10:51 AM

    Randy Moss will never play another down in the NFL. No team is going to take him, especially after he’s been out of the game more than half a season.

    If Randy wants to get back in the NFL, why not coach wide receivers? He’d be a good coach, considering that, with his talents, he should have been probably the greatest receiver of all time.

  29. djteknision1200 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    wikidpissah says:

    Not true at all. BB is unafraid to make moves that show he’s made mistakes or leave him open to creticism. Look at Hainsworth and Bodden in the past few weeks. Or earlier this year cutting Merriweather (a first round pick) in favor of undrafted free agents. If BB thinks Moss would make the Pats a better team, a call will be made.
    ——————————————————

    BB will let you go if you are a underachiever, but Moss was still very valuable to the team at the time of the trade…so it is obvious something else went down. I don’t think BB want to go down that road again.

  30. n2thaizzo says: Nov 13, 2011 11:38 AM

    Why is everyone saying Bill wouldn’t go back to Moss? Didn’t he bring back Branch? What’s the difference?

  31. notacelticsfan says: Nov 13, 2011 12:35 PM

    They never should’ve traded him in the first place, they should’ve given him his two-year deal and kept him happy, and if he was still there, maybe opponents wouldn’t have this dink’n’dunk, timing, short-passing game has figured out as they do now – because that fear of Moss over the top would still be there.

    Remember, in his first game with the Vikes last year, he burned Cromartie for a 40yard TD. And last year was when Revis pulled up lame with an ‘injury’ after Moss burned him.

    If you think Moss isn’t still one of the (underestimating) 30 best receivers in the game, and could still be a valuable, possibly the missing piece, to this Pats offense, you’re blinded by your own hatred of Moss – a hatred which never made sense to begin with.

  32. sschmiggles says: Nov 13, 2011 12:37 PM

    djteknision1200 says:
    Nov 13, 2011 8:36 AM
    I don’t think the Patriots will call Moss, because this would show everyone that Belichick made a mistake in trading Moss in the first place. I just don’t think his ego would let him place the call to Moss.
    ________________________________

    You people will believe anything if it makes Belichick look worse.

    Moss asked to be released last year, not the other way around.. idiot. Not to mention the Pats got a 3rd round pick for him.

  33. contract says: Nov 13, 2011 12:41 PM

    “Why is everyone saying Bill wouldn’t go back to Moss? Didn’t he bring back Branch? What’s the difference?”

    Moss quit on the field.

  34. marcuswelby70 says: Nov 13, 2011 12:47 PM

    n2thaizzo says:
    Nov 13, 2011 11:38 AM
    Why is everyone saying Bill wouldn’t go back to Moss? Didn’t he bring back Branch? What’s the difference?

    ________________________________

    Big difference…Moss became a locker room problem (among other things), Branch has been nothing but a class act, and TEAM player.

  35. cobibones13 says: Nov 13, 2011 12:50 PM

    2 CFL teams showing interest doesn’t mean anything.

    BB knew Moss was crap when he traded him away, and nothing has happened to change the fact that Moss has been completely washed up since then.

    If injuries happen to Welker, and/or Branch, they could possibly have interest in him this year. But he’s a fool if he thinks they’ll give him anything more than vet min.

  36. mgfred says: Nov 13, 2011 1:47 PM

    If we cut Ocho somebody will pick him up and we won’t get stuck with his salary. Heck the Bucs claimed Hainesworth….

    Even if Randy is over the hill, it won’t be worse than it is now with Chad………

    Bring back Moss!!!!!!!!!!!

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