Randy Moss was released after 4 weeks in Minnesota. This is real, not a fantasy football update. Washington is 14 in the waiver order, giving them only a small chance at claiming Randy and creating an all-Moss receiver duo.
I think Moss will end up in Denver to play with McDaniels again. It’s not like Randy has a choice where he lands. Josh does. If it happens you’ll hear him say, “you have to take every opportunity to improve your football team, and when you see a talent like Randy, you grab him.”
I’ve got a great week 8 recap that should be posted later tonight or first thing tomorrow, right after Quick Reads is posted so I can possibly cherry pick some statistical insight. In the meantime, here is a list of the teams 1-14, and why they might or might not claim Moss:
1. Buffalo Bills-No chance. They’re set at WR. Probably have little desire after employing T.O. last year. Lee Evans and Steve Johnson are doing fine.
2. Carolina Panthers-Unlikely. As much as they’ve desperately needed a receiver opposite Steve Smith for the last 7 years, the time for that has passed. They need a lot more than a receiver now, and have two rookies who seem to be learning and playing somewhat well.
3. Dallas Cowboys-Maybe. They would probably claim Moss if they thought he had a chance of slipping to Washington. Other than that it would be pointless.
4. San Francisco 49ers-No chance. This is the first team that could actually use Moss, but I don’t think coach Singletary will even consider it. He hates passing the ball as it is.
5. Denver Broncos-Strong chance. As I’ve said before, WR is Denver’s strength. Lloyd, Thomas, Royal, and Gaffney are handling the job fine. But McDaniels coached Moss when he scored 21 touchdowns in 2007, and he’s desperate enough do try anything at this point. Moss already knows the offense Denver runs and could earn a starting job opposite Lloyd during the bye week.
6. Detroit Lions-Wild card. I don’t know enough about the locker room and offensive style Jim Schwartz and Scott Linehan are working to create, but I suspect they’re giving him a brief look. Moss + Calvin Johnson could be mean, if they do it right.
7. Cincinnati Bengals-No chance. T.O. and Chad Ochocinco play there already.
8. Cleveland Browns-Unlikely. Mangini and staff would not want a player they’d perceive to be a headache when they have so many other problems demanding their attention.
9. San Diego Chargers-Good chance. They have struggled to field receivers all season, but just signed Vincent Jackson to a 6-game deal.
10. Arizona Cardinals-Unlikely. They let Anquan Boldin walk away last summer, and they don’t have a QB who can get him the ball anyway.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars-No chance. They have two receivers developing well already, and it could set them back to lose reps to Moss.
12. St. Louis Rams-Good chance. Their top 3 receivers have all gone down to injury, and at 4-4, an NFL receiver might help the team out a bit.
13. Oakland Raiders-Wild card. You’d have to think all Al Davis remembers is Moss was super-fast back in 1998. He’s probably forgotten that Moss played there from 2004-2006.
14. Washington Redskins-Near certainty. A receiver opposite Santana Moss would make enough difference to win the division.
So it’s a long shot for the Redskins, but a likelihood for Denver.