With Moss returning, Pats are the first team to watch

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Earlier this morning, receiver Randy Moss said he’s returning to football.  And so the question now becomes whether any of the 32 NFL teams will give him a chance.

He’ll have to prove that he can still run, just like he did in 2007, when he showed Patriots coach Bill Belichick that he could still move incredibly quickly after two years of not doing much of that in Oakland.  If, and given that he’s 35 it could be a big if, Randy can run, the Patriots could be the most obvious destination.

The Patriots, we’re told, still like him.  As Peter King pointed out in August 2011, Moss made a surprise appearance at the home of owner Robert Kraft in the days after the passing of his wife, Myra.

If Moss can indeed still run, the Pats could have used him eight days ago.  With someone who can stretch a defense deep, plenty of openings would have appeared for guys like Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and Rob Gronkowski.

Whether it’s the Pats or someone else, don’t be surprised if teams line up quickly for a chance to kick the tires of a man who’s ninth on the all-time receptions list, fifth on the all-time yardage list, and tied for second (with Terrell Owens) on the all-time receiving touchdowns list.

Since Randy was a free agent when he retired, he’s not under contract.  He can sign immediately, with any team.

We’ve got a feeling he won’t be signing with the Allen Wranglers.

105 responses to “With Moss returning, Pats are the first team to watch

  1. Two chances he signs with Pats: slim and none. You get one chance with the Hooded One and if you show him up (see presser after opening victory two yrs ago) you are done. The thought, correctly so, is that once a diva, always a diva.

  2. Dear New York Jets Management,

    Please do not even consider Moss.
    We have enough “issues” with Holmes and Co.

    PLEASE forget his name.

    Thank you,

    A NYJ fan

  3. The concept that the Patriots could have won with Moss is false logic.

    Patriots had Moss in 07′ and choked…. Pats didn’t have Moss this year…. and choked.

    Brady can choke in a big game with or without Randy Moss around.

  4. This’ll be interesting. They better hurry up if they want him.. Desperate teams to win like the Eagles might want him to replace Desean or compliment. Or he could join the new flavor of the league and compliment Steve Smith down in Carolina.

  5. “If Moss can indeed still run, the Pats could have used him eight days ago”.

    ======================

    Yes – he could have shared in the frustration of losing to the Giants again.

    Last we saw him, he had no speed and was getting no separation, and was not catching any balls thrown in his direction. That was with 3 teams in 2010. What is supposed to be different now? Do you think his legs just got 5 years younger for some reason?

  6. Can we please stop acting like Tom Brady is deprived of weapons. He has 2 out of the top 5 TE’s in football, the brst slot receivers in football, and one of the best o-lines in football.

    Yes, a better deep threat would be nice, but please dont act as if Brady was working with nothing. With the weapons he’s got, more than 75% of the other teams out there. This is the NFL, you cant expect to have the best talent at every position. He’s got plenty to work with.

  7. Randy Moss is done!!!! He showed absolutely no effort or speed in his last year and that’s why he was booted off 3 teams in about 6 weeks. Just give it up now and you’ll be in the hall of fame in 5 years.

  8. jetblackninja says:
    Feb 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    By “choked” you mean would have won both without a miracle catch, a Welker drop, and every fumble bouncing into the Giants hands?

  9. Say what you’ve got to say about #81. But even in only 2 and a half seasons of work he was far and away the greatest WR to ever put on a Patriots uniform.

    The man deserves his shot. Give it to him.

  10. @jetblackninja
    What’s jets reason to choke year after year…..in big or small game…uh..the captains. Take moss or Peyton it does not make any difference…

  11. The selective memory regarding Randy Moss is comical.

    We’ve apparently already forgotten that:

    1) The Patriots cut him in the middle of the season.
    2) The Vikings cut him after a month and an embarrassing locker room episode with a catering company.
    3) Moss showed all the fire and determination of a whipped donkey when the Titans picked him up, and he had 6 catches for 80 yards in 8 games.

    It’s been a long time since Moss said he plays when he wants to play, but the VERY LAST THING he did on a football field was play when he wanted to play.

    If you want that on your team, knock yourself out.

  12. The last thing in the world the Patriots need is the return of Tom Brady’s binky.
    In fact the Patriots need to return to a far more balanced offense and Brady needs to return to his favorite receiver – the open receiver.
    Brady got into some bad QB habits with Moss around, like primarily focusing in on one receiver and not finding the open receivers.
    Since the Patriots have become a Brady-centric throw-all-the-times team they don’t play well in big games (even those they win – see Ravens this year) and they don’t win Super Bowls.

  13. Call me crazy, but I’d rather have TO than Moss at this point in their careers.

    They’re both head cases, but TO has always been a hard worker, which is more than you can say for Moss.

  14. We’ve got a feeling he won’t be signing with the Allen Wranglers.

    I have a feeling with the way he’s retiring and un-retiring that he’s going to join the ranks of someone famous who appears in Wranglers’ commercials.

  15. The Bucs would probably give you a shot Randy. We are good at picking up the scraps of other teams.

    Go BUCs!!

  16. Remember the “knock” on Peyton Manning was that he was always surrounded by talent?

    How is Brady in any way or form surrounded by any less talent? He has one of the best OLs in the league (this season alone he has 3 All-Pro / Pro-Bowl linemen on the line, a 1st rounder playing up to his talent and a backup 2nd team All-Pro lineman), the best TE in the league, a top 10 receiving TE, the best slot receiver in the league and a safe horizontal passing scheme that does not require him to sit back and take hits

    “Poor” Tom Brady not having a deep threat.

  17. People, including Flourio need to get real. If Randy Moss looked washed up two years ago, do you really think he is going to be any better two years later when he is in his mid 30’s.

    Stick a fork in it, Jake Moss NFL career is over.

  18. Jets will sign him. It makes no sense. They have no QB and a bunch of decent WRs. That’s why they sign him!

  19. Randy Moss is notoriously know for being fiscally responsible. So for those of you who say he is coming back because he is broke….DO YOUR RESEARCH. If you ever played football, and love the game, than you would know its hard to stop playing the game you have a passion for. That said, he will be a deep threat for anyone who signs him. I’m sure he still can run a 4.4 forty and the last time I checked you can teach speed or height

  20. It would be interesting to see Moss on the team to not only open things up for Welker, but for Gronkowski and Hernandez. The Pats played the whole season withoutn a vertical dimension. If you think these 3 guys were tough to cover in 2011, just wait until they add a Moss or Moss-like player in 2012. And they will! The only thing that scares me is that Belichick EVER thought Ochocinco was the answer. Ochocinco has never played well against the Patriots.

  21. I think the comments about Carolina and Cleveland makes sense. As a Cowboy fan, I would love to see him to go to the team that should have originally drafted him years ago. If they can re-sign Robinson that would be very good, good hands and young, but he may leave for greener pastures. Dez, Austin, Moss, Robinson would be great – they needed WRs last year due to injuries.

  22. who cares. he is washed up, like TO. nobody will even want him. last time he played he couldn’t catch a cold. he’s realized he wasted it while he had it and now he wants it back. too little too late. enjoy the next 40 years of regret.

  23. They won’t sign him!!!

    They’ll be admitting a mistake by doing so because they’ll be constantly asked “why not sign him in 2011? You needed speed and height.”

  24. giantlucksacks says: Feb 13, 2012 11:01 AM

    jetblackninja says:
    Feb 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    By “choked” you mean would have won both without a miracle catch, a Welker drop, and every fumble bouncing into the Giants hands?

    You’re still going on with this nonsensical logic?

    Wow…did that game bother you.

  25. finfan1622 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:00 AM

    Randy Moss is done!!!! He showed absolutely no effort or speed in his last year and that’s why he was booted off 3 teams in about 6 weeks. Just give it up now and you’ll be in the hall of fame in 5 years.
    ***

    While I agree that Moss phoned it in for his last season, I completely disagree that Moss will enter the HOF in his first ballot. Cris Carter isn’t in yet, and Moss is a much bigger jerk than Carter. And Carter hasn’t had the run-ins with the law or the NFL as Moss. Don’t count Moss as an automatic Canton Bust…Moss never won a Super Bowl, either.

  26. Why would any teams bother at this point? He did nothing in 2010 and sat out all of 2011. There is no fountain of youth. There is no reason to believe that he will regain his old form. To me, you’re getting nothing more than a slot receiver (maybe) who starts moping anytime things start going south. No thanks.

  27. giantlucksacks says: Feb 13, 2012 11:51 AM

    haileli says:
    Feb 13, 2012 11:40 AM

    Sorry, but its the truth. Tell me what part of that is nonsensical.

    All of it. We’ve been through it, and you consistently refuse to address the parts that don’t support your assertion. Luck luck luck luck luck…we get it.

    Like I said, you’re still on this. It bothers you *so* much. It’s hilarious!

  28. @moneey31

    I don’t think notorious is the correct word(correct me if I’m wrong)..but yeah, you’re right. People need to stop rushing to judgments without little or no facts at all.

  29. Where’s my post?

    Tuck Rule=Luck
    AV bailing you out=clutch by AV, NOT TBrady
    Lee Evans drop=Luck
    Cunduff miss=Luck
    Faulty clock= u tell me
    Cameras rolling= u tell me

    C’mon Man!!

  30. If he comes back and isn’t lazy. Then sure come back, even if it’s not with New England he’ll be great to watch if he wants to try and play. If he is gonna dog it, then just stay home.

  31. Oye…the thought that having a guy to run go-routes will open everything up underneath is lazy and bogus. Not only will it not happen as often as it did in 2007 when the NFL was entirely unprepared for it, Brady doesn’t have time to get it to guy fifteen yards down the field let alone 25+.

    I love Moss and what he brought to the Pats. He gave Brady what everyone said he needed all those years…an explosive receiver. They lit it up. At the same time…their offense became so stale (Moss deep or Welker short, Moss deep or Welker short) in the subsequent years. Brady relied less on the open receiver than he did earlier on. TDs per receiver has gone way out of whack compared to what was happening during Brady’s earlier success. He’s going to one or two guys while ignoring the rest.

    We (Pats) need to get younger AND more explosive at the WR position. We don’t need to get older, less explosive…and sometimes disinterested at it.

  32. Why would anyone sign a receiver who can’t outrun a linebacker, and either can’t or won’t leap for the ball anymore.

  33. blue18hutthutt says:
    Feb 13, 2012 11:23 AM
    Remember the “knock” on Peyton Manning was that he was always surrounded by talent?

    How is Brady in any way or form surrounded by any less talent? He has one of the best OLs in the league (this season alone he has 3 All-Pro / Pro-Bowl linemen on the line, a 1st rounder playing up to his talent and a backup 2nd team All-Pro lineman), the best TE in the league, a top 10 receiving TE, the best slot receiver in the league and a safe horizontal passing scheme that does not require him to sit back and take hits

    “Poor” Tom Brady not having a deep threat.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    TB has some very talented weapons, I don’t disagree with that. But your TB hate is too simplistic IMO. They need a guy who can win outside the #s. Not necessarily a “deep threat”. Their passing game is a bit 1 dimensional. When TB had his best stats all he really had was WW and a motivated Moss and a nice #3 in Gaffney. They also need to make sure they keep the running game in play and bring back their screen game.

    Problem is that a 1 dimensional offense can’t win in the playoffs because playoff defenses are usually too good. And on top of that if you take away HALF that by having only really and INSIDE pass game it’s even worse. PM had a 1k rusher almost every year AND had a threat @ TE and outside. This Pats O never really has had all that at once. Now, go ahead and return to your TB hate, please. I know manningfans (which are not the same thing as COLTS fans)have a problem with reality. 🙂

  34. LOL ok, you’re right… the 9-7 Giants who were absolutely average during the regular season were defintely so much better than everyone…. definitely 17 points better than a 15-1 team, definitely just so good they were underdogs 3 straight games and theyre like the 10th choice to win the SB next year. Why do you think that is? Oh I know, Vegas knows that they pulled a miracle out of their azzes. Nothing bounced their way at all. Not fumbles, not dropped INTs, not dropped passes, not huge calls, not opponent injuries, not Hail Marys….

    sorry, I’ll go back in my cave now while we all worship the mighty Giants.

    You should put some money on them repeating since they’re such an awesome team.

    notmanning says:
    Feb 13, 2012 12:16 PM
    ___________________

    I’m not a Pats fan so I’m not going to argue every point except to say the Evans play wasn’t a “drop” like Welkers, the DB knocked it out of his hands. Also, the Cundiff kick was not a game winner. Would have been an OT game. This is where Giants fans get confused.

  35. How is this news? And, how is this Patriots news? The guy is great, and comical, but the Pats already shipped him out once. And, last I checked, if anyone gave him a decent deal and/or he showed any heart this year, I’m sure he would previously had “unretired.”

  36. Any Pats fan know Moss back to Pats has no chance of happening. That ship sailed in September of 2010.

    Lots of WR’s out there and the rumor mill has Lloyd coming to NE.

    And Moss is not coming back to play for the Vet’s minimum. The jets are the most logical landing spot at this time.

  37. Didn’t Moss torch Revis on a deep route in his last season? I mean, the guy could still run in his final year. And I’m sure his hands still work.

  38. Scott Linehan had Randy Moss performing at the highest level for years, he’ll recruit him to Detroit, he’ll be starting opposite Calvin Johnson!!!

    Stafford sets NFL records with 6,000 yards passing and 60 td’s!!

  39. What we need here is a TO sighting. Anybody seen TO? I know he’ll be sniffin’ around now that Moss wants back in.

  40. Just shows where the NFL has come, a guy quits on a team and now he may be welcome back with open arms.

  41. So basically the Patsys may be replacing one washed
    up WR (namely Chad Johnson) with another one.

    If they wanna waste a roster spot like that
    2 years in a row, I say let ’em…

  42. The report appears to suggest that he had some family issues. Maybe we are led to believe that the family issues are what got into him in 2010 and caused him to not be prepared/not try. If that is the case AND he still has it then by all means he will find a team to play for. I for one would love to see him back. He makes the league more exciting.

    On the other hand…I could see coach Bill signing him back just so he could cut him halfway through camp. Just saying…

  43. To be honest, I feel there are teams out there that could use both TO and RM. Literally …

    I honestly feel that both are beyond their antics of yesterday. At this point, both want a ring and could still help ANY team in the league.

    And to boot, you will fill the seats as an owner.

    RM has absolutely no financial problems and his endeavors, to my last reading, are quite stable. TO is constantly discussed as being broke, but yet he has had the money to buy into a franchise. And franchises for any league are not cheap.

    TO and RM playing wideout positions L and R with a multi-purpose/threat RB would be quite potent. Not to mention having a couple young WRs learning from two future HoFers.

    Ssomeone mentioned Tampa Bay, which actually makes perfect sense. Or even more, the Colts, who aare likely in rebuilding mode this season … Manning coming back or with the rookie franchise QB.

  44. “jetblackninja says:Feb 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    Patriots had Moss in 07′ and choked…. Pats didn’t have Moss this year…. and choked.
    Brady can choke in a big game with or without Randy Moss around.”

    Further proof that testing needs to be given to these newbie commentators- Jetblack- you flunked out, you’re back in first grade young lady!

    If Brady “chokes”, then I hope the rest of the team chokes just as bad. 10 years- 5 Superbowls (that’s an average of one appearance every other year!), 5 AFC championships, 2 SB MVP’s, the ONLY regular season record of 16-0, etc,etc,etc….
    Next time, do your homework young lady!

  45. Eagles should sign him to teach Desean Jackson how not to take plays off. The two would be great together in the buffet line.

  46. Talking about free agent WRs & TEs not named Randy Moss!
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    Simply click my name, have a good week fellas!

  47. Gotta love the Jets fans and Patriots haters coming out of the woodwork.

    The Jets haven’t been back to the Super Bowl in 43 years. Their only source of happiness is reminding Patriots fans that the Brady has only gotten the team to the Super Bowl 5 out of the last 10 years and has only won 3 Lombardis.

    They also like to cite 18 straight wins as “proof” the team can’t win without “cheating”.

    All that stellar logic is probably why the Jets have as many AFC East titles as the Houston Oilers.

  48. rexismybff says: Feb 13, 2012 10:52 AM

    Yes – he could have shared in the frustration of losing to the Giants again.

    Last we saw him, he had no speed and was getting no separation, and was not catching any balls thrown in his direction. That was with 3 teams in 2010. What is supposed to be different now? Do you think his legs just got 5 years younger for some reason?

    ——————–

    r u serious bro? had no speed? no seperation? he BURNED revis a couple of times before making his signature one handed grab in the endzone. Last time i checked, Brady wasnt throwing in his direction much because of off-field issues. he obviously didnt try in Tenn or in Oakland or in Minn. those were all circus acts that , while he was responsible for a lot of it, took the focus off of his game. He can still ball. MOSS >RICE

  49. First, Moss is washed up.

    Second, the Giants would have beat NE regardless who was “stretching the field”.

    Third, have to laugh at the crybabies saying the Giants got all the breaks. The Giants MADE all the breaks. They were the more alert team. Always in the right spot at the right time.

    And it if wasn’t for that phantom holding call on Boothe the game wouldn’t have even been close.

  50. Come back home Randy! Childress is gone and Ponder needs a new go to guy! We all still love Randy here, and they always say that the 3rd time is a charm.

  51. The biggest mistake the Pats made in 2011: not doing due diligence on OchoStinko. He hasn’t been able to separate for 2 yrs but the Pats thought he’d be the missing WR piece, and severly overvalued him as the answer to their WR weakness.

    With no true WR #1 (Branch is a #2 at best and Welker is a slot guy…amazing player , but just a slot guy), the Pats still thrived when the 2 TE mismatches were working. When Gronk was limited, the Pats were exposed as having too little at WR.

    With 4 draft picks in the first 2 rounds, I’m sure the Pats will be looking for a true #1 WR.

    But Randy “no mas” Moss? I can only hope Belicheat makes another huge offseason mistake…but I seriously doubt it.

    Like TO, Moss won’t find a contender to play for in 2012

  52. With this announcement Randy is basically telling the Pats, “I will play for the 1 year deal you offered me last year”. That’s all this is. He loves the Pats, and rightly so.

  53. j0esixpack says:Feb 13, 2012 3:51 PM

    All that stellar logic is probably why the Jets have as many AFC East titles as the Houston Oilers.

    ———————————————————-

    What I wanna know is when was the Oilers EVER in the AFC East?

    Okay, I’ll answer that for you: NEVER

    Houston was in the AFC Central and their
    franchise (aka the Titans) is now in the AFC South.
    They were never in the East.

    Seems kinda silly to scold people for their “logic” when
    you yourself don’t seem to have your basic facts straight…

  54. originalsteelcurtain says:Feb 13, 2012 5:36 PM

    I can only hope Belicheat makes another huge offseason mistake…but I seriously doubt it.

    ———————————————————-

    Belichimp has made lots of BIG mistakes in his career.

    Just to name a few:

    The Chad Johnson experiment, taking the HC job
    in Cleveland, going for it on 4th & 2 VS the Colts,
    and the biggest flub of all, not finding a better
    place to conceal his spy cameras…

  55. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 13, 2012 11:07 AM

    The selective memory regarding Randy Moss is comical.

    We’ve apparently already forgotten that:

    1) The Patriots cut him in the middle of the season.
    2) The Vikings cut him after a month and an embarrassing locker room episode with a catering company.
    3) Moss showed all the fire and determination of a whipped donkey when the Titans picked him up, and he had 6 catches for 80 yards in 8 games.

    It’s been a long time since Moss said he plays when he wants to play, but the VERY LAST THING he did on a football field was play when he wanted to play.

    If you want that on your team, knock yourself out.

    _________________________________

    Yes, memory is very selective.

    Remember this? Randy – 50 TDs in 51 starts for the Pats.

    The VERY LAST THING he did on a football field for the Pats was to score 3 TDs in 3 starts (2010).

    And his every word about the team since he left is that he loves them.

    Who would want a guy like that? Try – ANYBODY WITH AN EFFIN BRAIN.

  56. pats got rid of moss MIDSEASON. how is anyone even talking about him going back there? just not going to happen!

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