The locked-out offseason has afforded us ample time to discuss where Randy Moss will play next season, and just how much the 13-year veteran has left in the tank after a forgettable 2010 season in which he played for three teams.
The Moss-to-the-Jets buzz has been hot, and NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks expects a contending team to take a flier on Moss, calling Gang Green an “intriguing” destination.
“The market will be pretty limited for Moss due to his age and declining skills, but I would expect a team to take a chance on him based solely on his past production and his big play potential,” Brooks told fans during a live chat. “If he can prove to team officials that he is still a burner, he will land with a quality team right before training camp.
“The Jets would be intriguing because they could use a speed receiver and he terrorized AFC East opponents as recently as two seasons ago. The Pats would also be an intriguing option due to his natural chemistry with Brady and Co. I don’t believe it would happen, but on the surface it would appear to be a good fit.”
The biggest question is what Moss really has left. Even as a one-dimensional deep threat, he still forces defenses to adjust coverages. But does he bring anything else? Jamie Dukes believes Moss is still that vertical threat. Former Jets coach Eric Mangini remembers getting torched by Moss in his first game with the Patriots, and says defenses still have to pay attention to Moss simply because of his presence.
“As a defensive coordinator or head coach, if I was in that situation again, I’m not going to be the one to experiment,” Mangini said. “Moss is very talented, and can hit a home run at any point in a game. Until he proves otherwise, I think teams have to deal with him that way.”