Tue Apr 12 10:20am EDT
Randy Moss(notes), once upon a time, was the most unstoppable receiver in the NFL. It was easy to forget that last year, though, he was spectacularly unproductive with three different teams in one season.
Although Moss is 34 and is entering his 14th NFL season, there is at least one coach who believes he still can make a significant impact: the Jets' Rex Ryan.
According to multiple league insiders, the interest the Jets have in Moss is twofold. One, it could help them weather the very real possibility of losing at least one of their three free-agent receivers: [Santonio] Holmes, Braylon Edwards(notes) and Brad Smith(notes). Two, it would keep Moss from returning to the Patriots, whom he is known to want to re-join.
The part about keeping Moss away from New England makes the most sense. Moss is clearly worth more to the Patriots than he is to anyone else. He loves the coach, he loves the quarterback, and he's motivated to bring his A game to the Patriots. I don't know if any other team in the league could be confident that they were going to get even 70 percent of Moss' best effort. The Vikings and Titans certainly didn't.
In a rivalry as close and as heated as the one between the Jets and Pats, it makes sense. I don't think Moss makes the Jets any better -- their offense is miles behind New England's, Mark Sanchez(notes) has neither a rapport with Moss nor half of Tom Brady's(notes) ability, and it seems like, at best, a crapshoot on whether or not Moss would show up and play hard.
But if it keeps a weapon away from the Patriots, it's probably worth doing.
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