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Cris Carter says Randy Moss can still run a 4.3

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ESPN analyst Cris Carter needed a little coaxing (and a lot of public ridicule) before he put Calvin Johnson on the list of top five NFL receivers.  Carter apparently requires no such coercion when it comes to former teammate Randy Moss.

With Moss announcing on his 35th birthday that he plans to return to football, Carter said Monday night that Moss still has the speed that made him one of the best receivers in NFL history.

“The thing about Randy is, he’s never really been hurt,” Carter said, according to our own Evan Silva, who inexplicably was watching SportsCenter instead of NBC SportsTalk.  “And he still can run very, very fast,” Carter said.  “I know he can run 4.3 today.  I know he can still jump out of the bed and run 4.3.”

That remains the key question regarding the potential interest in Randy Moss.  Can he still run like he once ran?  If he can, he’ll have suitors.

If he can’t, he’ll be running with T.O. and the rest of the Allen Wranglers.

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  1. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 13, 2012 6:56 PM

    There are other/younger/”safer” WR’s that can run fast in a straight line. Can he run the pattern you want him to, when you want him to? Is he out of money or does he want to do well down in his gut?

  2. baous says: Feb 13, 2012 6:59 PM

    I think he’s right; Moss never lost “it”. He lost motivation to play. In 2010, he was unhappy in NE because he felt he wouldn’t be brought back, so he didn’t really try. He was unhappy in Minnesota because he never liked Childress, and didn’t try. And I don’t think he ever wanted to be a Titan, so again he didn’t try. If the right team makes the move, he’ll be good. Not ’98 or ’07 good, but still productive.

  3. ar1888 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:00 PM

    Cr

    Cris Carter also said Calvin Johnson wasnt a top 5 WR. So he has lost all credibility.

  4. leatherface2012 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:01 PM

    i can run a 7.2 40, i am 51 years old, and would accept league minimum. i cannot go across the middle however, as i have a wife and 2 kids to support. any team can feel free to contact me

  5. poiuyt7 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:06 PM

    How exactly does Cris Carter know that Moss can still run a 4.3?

  6. dkrauss93 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:08 PM

    I can run a 3.8 if Randy can run a 4.3 lol

  7. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Feb 13, 2012 7:19 PM

    Moss’ talent on the field is only half the equation. What is he going to do to mess up your locker room karma. I’d be a little worried if Carter is your biggest booster. His street cred could use a little burnishing.

  8. explosionsauce says: Feb 13, 2012 7:24 PM

    You guys keep making the same TO jokes. Get some new material. That’s my receiver.

  9. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 13, 2012 7:24 PM

    Why should we keep caring what the f*** Cristine Carter has to say…he also said Megatron is an average receiver.

  10. dirtyharry44 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:30 PM

    Hey Cris. This is why you’re not in the HOF. You’re either delusional or a liar. Right now I’m not sure which one fits.

    Or maybe it’s simply loving the sound of your own voice and reading/listening to people react to it.

  11. johntonioholmes says: Feb 13, 2012 7:30 PM

    @leatherface2012

    Hey, if you keep telling everyone that you’re the best around, you might make it to the pro-bowl.

    It worked for Chad Johnson. He ran faster than a 7.20, though.

  12. purplengold says: Feb 13, 2012 7:31 PM

    no NFL team will tolerate his BS

  13. miamiron says: Feb 13, 2012 7:31 PM

    leatherface2012 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:01 PM

    i can run a 7.2 40, i am 51 years old, and would accept league minimum. i cannot go across the middle however, as i have a wife and 2 kids to support. any team can feel free to contact meleatherface2012 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:01 PM

    i can run a 7.2 40, i am 51 years old, and would accept league minimum. i cannot go across the middle however, as i have a wife and 2 kids to support. any team can feel free to contact me
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Hello Mr. Leatherface
    this is Jeff Ireland…

  14. rayguyreturns says: Feb 13, 2012 7:33 PM

    “I know he can still jump out of the bed and run 4.3.”
    _____________________________________

    I guess that depends on which cop is chasing him.

  15. luckynumberlucas says: Feb 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    No, he can’t.

    And I put all my money on that he can’t.

    He will be lucky to even get under 4.6 with no training whatsoever.

    However, if he decides to play again, he still can bring it, the man is a freak of nature when motivated…

  16. vavikingfan says: Feb 13, 2012 7:35 PM

    I watched every game Moss played in Mn and he laid down on the team. It didn’t help that he was more mature than his first coach, Green, and nobody would ever lay the law down to him. But if you look at his career in college and the pros he always did what he wanted and never, ever, won a championship. If somebody wants an immature brat this is the guy!

  17. rallen69 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:59 PM

    he once ran a 3.8 in a game i think he can still run a 4.3

  18. leftcoastnative says: Feb 13, 2012 8:19 PM

    When Belichick gives up on you as he did with Moss after he tired of his theatrics, you definitely have reached the bottom of the barrel because Belichick will tolerate a lot if a player still can contribute. Problem is even if Moss promises to be a saint, you never know when he is going off the reservation and doesn’t care if he does regardless of damage to the team.

    As basketball coach Pat Riley once said, the “disease of me” generation personified.

  19. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 13, 2012 8:27 PM

    So can Darrell Green.

  20. chipwade says: Feb 13, 2012 9:02 PM

    Jerry Jones will be giving him a call.

  21. jebdamone says: Feb 13, 2012 9:04 PM

    oh if only i could turn back time to the days of CC and Randy in purple.

  22. chipwade says: Feb 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    Barely related to this story but still very impressive. Willie Gault ran a 4.27 40 at 48 years old.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=li-gault050109

  23. gmen1987 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:08 PM

    baous says: Feb 13, 2012 6:59 PM

    I think he’s right; Moss never lost “it”. He lost motivation to play. In 2010, he was unhappy in NE because he felt he wouldn’t be brought back, so he didn’t really try. He was unhappy in Minnesota because he never liked Childress, and didn’t try. And I don’t think he ever wanted to be a Titan, so again he didn’t try. If the right team makes the move, he’ll be good. Not ’98 or ’07 good, but still productive.
    ======================================
    Fangirl alert.

    To Cris Carter, two words: Prove it.

  24. rexachss says: Feb 13, 2012 9:10 PM

    If he is not out of money…why would he bother….the NFL is becoming a circus! !!!!

  25. johanneschimpo says: Feb 13, 2012 9:16 PM

    This is the reason Cris Carter is not in the HOF.

  26. toler21 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:17 PM

    Because what Cris Carter thinks is so important.

  27. theandy59 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:17 PM

    Randy can run; that’s not the issue. The question is, can he and will he go up and get a ball in traffic? So many of this TD’s in 2007 were just Randy going up among 2 or 3 guys and taking the ball away. That was missing in 2009 and 2010. I don’t know if he lost the lift to go up and get it like he used to, or he just didn’t want to any more. But just running fast down the field? Sure, I don’t doubt that Randy can do that.

  28. canuck54143 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:20 PM

    Hey MOSS!!!! Chicago will pay you straight cash homie. Cutler needs a WR just like you.

  29. amgdds says: Feb 13, 2012 9:25 PM

    4 minutes 3 seconds.

  30. buzzbissinger says: Feb 13, 2012 9:26 PM

    He can run a 4.3 40 with whom manning the stopwatch?

  31. blawrence95 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:48 PM

    I’d like Tampa to pick him up for three reasons. 1. He’s gonna come cheap for his skill level. 2. He can still teach the young guys on the team some stuff about being a great receiver. 3. I don’t think it could hurt Freeman that much to be able to throw up a ball to one of the best ever.

  32. rajbais says: Feb 13, 2012 9:49 PM

    I smell a kiss ass!!!!

  33. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 13, 2012 9:51 PM

    New England could have used his hands in the super bowl, those drops were brutal.

  34. binarybulge says: Feb 13, 2012 9:52 PM

    poiuyt7 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 7:06 PM
    How exactly does Cris Carter know that Moss can still run a 4.3?

    They have the same dealer.

    Anyways, I say the Packers invite him up for a workout just to tick Favre off. Then when he shows up, Rodgers can fake-moon him while the current receiving corps, dressed as parking attendants, sips their Inta Juices.

  35. spinmovr says: Feb 13, 2012 9:57 PM

    So much hating. Randy Moss had that problem with the parking attendant in Minnesota when he was like 25. Other than that he’s an inarticulate emotional player who was usually the best WR anytime he stepped on the field. He didn’t tear apart any locker rooms, whatever the hell that means. There are players on the Giants who don’t like each other, don’t like the coaches and grumble just the same, but that didn’t stop them this year. One player isn’t going to a stop a team from succeeding if they otherwise have what it takes. NE only lost one game during Randy’s record-setting season. Get outta here with that.

  36. jbmartindale says: Feb 13, 2012 10:05 PM

    A 3.8 in a game? That would beat Flash

  37. dirtdawg55 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:10 PM

    And what exactly has changed with a year off for Mr. Moss? Is he faster? No. Is he better? No. Is he more mature? No. He is and always shall be a quitter. He bailed on the one team that would have him, in an ideal environment (seriously, how much better can it be than to be the only deep threat Brady has ever had on a team that is a perennial contender).

    Moss has repeatedly shown why he isn’t worth the trouble. And at age 35 whatever skills he had – and admittedly he has plenty – will only be diminishing at a fast clip. The Pats might be desperate enough to take him, but there won’t be too many other takes lining up at the door.

  38. descendency says: Feb 13, 2012 10:19 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says. I want Randy Moss in NE.

    He’s exactly what the Patriots are lacking on offense.

  39. mclovin07 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:32 PM

    Belicheat unfortunately, is too intelligent to take the “Randy Ratio” back in NE….oh, and if anyone’s wondering, he’s clearly broke…

  40. binarybulge says: Feb 13, 2012 10:34 PM

    spinmovr says:
    Feb 13, 2012 9:57 PM
    NE only lost one game during Randy’s record-setting season. Get outta here with that.

    Uh, actually, it was 2. The same amount of games the ’98 Vikings lost with Moss.

  41. binarybulge says: Feb 13, 2012 10:34 PM

    binarybulge says:
    Feb 13, 2012 10:34 PM
    Uh, actually, it was 2. The same amount of games the ’98 Vikings lost with Moss.

    Ugh, nevermind, I just had a monumental brain fart. Either way my point is, both of those mammoth teams Moss was on couldn’t seal the deal.

  42. notmanning says: Feb 13, 2012 10:57 PM

    It’s true, I was in line behind him at the NFL experience. Dude can fly!

  43. jbcommonsense says: Feb 13, 2012 11:02 PM

    Moss had more than just great speed; he also had great hands. After Jerry Rice, Moss was the best WR ever, but his attitude sucked.

  44. coolzog says: Feb 13, 2012 11:06 PM

    What about when he hurt his hamstring and missed around half of the ’04 season? Is your memory that bad Cris?

  45. stevenfbrackett says: Feb 13, 2012 11:22 PM

    His talent was never the issue. He got moved from team to team to team because of his poor work habits and crappy attitude made him more trouble than he was worth.

    I’ve seen no indication that anything has changed in that regard and no reason to bother with him until he demonstrates otherwise. I have no idea how he would do that at this point, though.

  46. soldierofislam says: Feb 14, 2012 12:55 AM

    More like , ” moss can run for a 43 year old”

  47. enx31 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:33 AM

    “I think he’s right; Moss never lost “it”. He lost motivation to play. In 2010, he was unhappy in NE because he felt he wouldn’t be brought back, so he didn’t really try. He was unhappy in Minnesota because he never liked Childress, and didn’t try. And I don’t think he ever wanted to be a Titan, so again he didn’t try.”

    ———-

    Huge LOL on this one. He’s never tried. Here’s his game plan no matter the team, place, etc. “Run in a straight line, catch it if it’s right in your hands only. Otherwise, act stupid.”

    I’ve seen smarter race horses been put down for less.

  48. nardointhenati says: Feb 14, 2012 3:17 AM

    All Im gonna say is I’ll believe he can drop a 4.3 when I see it.
    Whats up with all these retread WR’s coming out of the woodwork?
    You guys had your time in the spotlight now watch the young bloods and marvel. Bigger….stronger…faster.

  49. borisbulldog says: Feb 14, 2012 5:14 AM

    Chris, 4.3 out of bed?

    I can run a 4.3 out of bed at 4:15AM when I have to take a leak!

  50. staffordsyear says: Feb 14, 2012 6:16 AM

    Calvin johnson thinks this is ridiculous.

  51. imopen7 says: Feb 14, 2012 7:19 AM

    haha…no Chris, thats his car’s 0-60 time when u fools were running from the five-O in St Paul. Or was that 4 votes to 3 keeping u out of the HOF?

  52. athleticmedic says: Feb 14, 2012 8:58 AM

    Moss and CC have been close since Moss was drafted! Secondly, Moss probably isn’t broke…he is known as one of the most financially responsible NFL players.

  53. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:17 AM

    After taking a year off, I think Randy Moss could get a good year or two out of his body. I don’t care what you want to say about Calvin Johnson, but in his prime, Moss was the best to play the position with an argument between himself and Jerry Rice. Either or is fine by me, but I think Moss revolutionized the position.

    Moss first five seasons: 414 catches, 6743 yards, and 60 touchdowns.
    Jonson first five seasons: 366 catches, 5,872 yards, and 49 touchdowns.

    Considering the changes in how to play a receiver from when Moss played to now is remarkable. Hands down Moss is the top and Johnson will always be just beneath him.

  54. mjkelly77 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:44 AM

    OK, Cris. And Calvin Johnsion was a bum. Yeah. Sure.

  55. enutpenfry says: Feb 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    The problem with Randy Moss has never been his talent, but his attitude. He can play lights-out when motivated, but he also tends to sulk if things don’t go his way. He might not be a locker-room cancer, but he can be a game-field cancer. It speaks volumes when three teams give up on a player in one season. Why waste a roster spot on a player that cannot be relied upon for the long term?

  56. turnmymicup says: Feb 14, 2012 10:43 AM

    Who started this crazy comparison of Moss and Megatron? Not taking anything away from Calvin but he is no Randy Moss. CJ is the best wideout in the game right now but Moss is one of the best period. Good thing GM’s don’t take advice from fans bcuz some of u fools would be crazy not to take Moss if he can still play. I’m not taking Cris Carters word for it I want to see his workout. If he can still run good routes and “Moss” opposing defenses someone will pick him up.

  57. theonlylivingbillindundee says: Feb 15, 2012 6:11 PM

    What are Carter and Moss doing in bed together anyway? Didn’t know they were THAT close!

  58. vikingsfanintexas says: Mar 5, 2012 10:50 PM

    Those of you who watched Moss in his youth and then saw the older version in his return to the Vikings know he’s lost more than just one step. His hands were fine, but his speed wasn’t. So unless he’s been training and found the two steps he’d lost… he’s done.

  59. drgreenstreak says: Mar 5, 2012 11:08 PM

    Kinda sad seeing old diva’s develop wrinkles and bad breath. Might be good for a late-niter but you really don’t want to be seen in public with them at this point in their stupidity. Cause they get real ugly as they struggle to to be what they almost were.
    Moss is a tumor like T.O.

  60. wso2hi says: Mar 6, 2012 1:29 PM

    Great day for me in NFL when Randy Moss has to prove to an legit SB contender that he can still play. Forget about the combine, I want to see coverage of this workout. If he runs mid 4.3′s or lower, and the football doesn’t hit the ground running routes, then the game will be on.
    Moss has never had surgery but does have history of straining back and hamstrings- but who doesn’t. The one thing no one is talking about is just how hard Moss loves to train. This guy works out harder than a lot of the other elite guys, and is too defensive to stake his reputation on workouts that he isn’t 100% positive will result in excellence.
    The Pats are flying under the radar!! and waiting like they did with Oak.!!!!!
    But if Moss plays with Brees, look out!

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