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02 Nov 2010

ESPN: Where Should Moss Go?

OK, so Randy Moss wasn't a good fit for the Vikings. Where would he be a good fit? We break down the possibilities for each NFL team.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 02 Nov 2010

12 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2010, 1:11am by tuluse

Comments

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by BadgerDave :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 10:46am

I want Cinci to get him, if only for the press conferences where TO and Ocho talk while Moss interviews them and himself

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by MaineMan (not verified) :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 11:17am

Since I'm not an ESPN "INsider", I can't read the rest of the "Moss fit" ratings beyond BUF, CAR and DAL. However, it seems to me that TB should be among the better fits. They probably have just as much going for them as, say, STL, and Moss also has a home near there, IIRC. I think that's a factor that it would be unwise to ignore.

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by Joseph :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 11:52am

I'm a Saints fan--but Tampa won't touch him with a 100-foot pole, much less a 10-foot one. Their young receivers (Williams, Benn, & Stroughter) are coming along good, and the team's idea is that they will grow together with Freeman.

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by Not Jimmy (not verified) :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 11:54am

New England. It was always to be New England.

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by MadCat :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 12:43pm

My take:

Waiver wire:
Kansas City, they have a good running game and people familiar with Moss, also, good playoffs prospects.

San Francisco, traded this offseason for Ted Ginn Jr for him to be their deep treath, are missing one.

Chicago, when you are all-in, all that is left is your grandfather watch and your car keys, let's see how desperate they are.

After waiver wire:
New England, Saints, established teams that can gather interest from Moss and can easily cast him aside.

Miami, missing a deep threath.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 5:09pm

It's deep "threat." You keep putting an extra h on the end.

San Fran signed Ginn to return kicks, not to play receiver.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 11/03/2010 - 1:11am

I'm thinking Chicago doesn't have the cash for the 6 million they would have to pay him. Otherwise they would have made an effort to get OJ Otogwe.

Angelo and Lovie might be all in, but the people with the keys to the money aren't.

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by spenczar :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 12:57pm

To be clear - these numerical "fit scores" are made up on the spot, right? No statistical derivation?

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by Independent George :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 2:47pm

New England, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Green Bay (ha!), Atlanta, and Kansas City make the most sense to me.

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by Maximum :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 5:29pm

I don't think its fair to say Randy Moss didn't help the Vikings offense. I think the coverage he commanded did in fact provide a significant boost to percy harvin and the rest of the offense. The issue was entirely off the field stuff.

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by Zheng :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 8:38pm

One of the reports I read described Harvin as "livid" when he heard about the decision. Understandably, since Moss was pulling 1.5 - 2 DBs away from Harvin.

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by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Tue, 11/02/2010 - 11:58pm

Miami. Ricky Williams could mentor him. Seriously.