The still-in-park comeback of receiver Randy Moss may have gotten a boost, thanks to a report that Moss is willing to sign a contract with no guaranteed money.
“This is not about money for him, he wants to play,” a source close to Moss told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. “He’ll want to be paid if he makes the team, but nothing up front. He’s not trying to grab a check.”
That would reduce dramatically the financial risk a team would be taking by signing Moss, since he could be cut before the start of the regular season, without receiving anything other than his offseason and training camp per diem.
Moss has said in his “Moss TV” Ustream sessions that he’s not broke, and that he’s not returning for the money.
Last year, former Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli told PFT Live that the team decided to trade for Moss in 2007 after he didn’t blink at the news he’d have to dramatically reduce his pay if he were to play for the Patriots.
Still, before anyone will assume the P.R. risk of bringing Moss to town, he’ll have to show up and prove that he can still run like, as former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden once said, “a scalded dog.” If he can’t, even a willingness to play for free wouldn’t get Moss another opportunity at the NFL level.