|Tom Brady on Randy Moss: "I’d welcome him with open arms.” (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
On Sunday, our esteemed colleague Will Brinson wrote that Randy Moss, should he choose to come out of retirement, would be willing to return to the Patriots. This is like saying that, if you'd be willing to give us a Gulfstream G550 we'd gladly give up those coach seats that invariably have us stuck between the heavy-set fellow and that tin box passing for a bathroom.
Chip Fontanazza of the West Virginia MetroNews wrote recently that "Moss does regret leaving the New England Patriots and that would most likely be the only team he would play for in the NFL if he would return."
We'd expect head coach Bill Belichick to either ignore the speculation altogether or, in his best Stephen Hawking robot voice, say something like "Randy Moss was an important part of our success when he was here. We appreciate his contributions but we have moved on."
And while those may be the team talking points this week, quarterback Tom Brady apparently didn't receive his copy before going on Boston's WEEI Tuesday morning.
“You never know in the NFL,” Brady said, according to the Boston Herald. “I love Randy, he’s one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game, one of the greatest players I’ve had a chance to play with. But unfortunately, I don’t make personnel decisions. If I did, I’d still have all my friends here -- Troy (Brown), David Patten, Deion (Branch) would have never left. I’ve seen so many guys move on, some come back. … But I don’t know (if he’ll play again). Who knows? I can’t get into his brain. I love the guy, he’s a great friend of mine, and if he ever did come back and play, I’d welcome him with open arms.”
From Brady's perspective there's a lot to like. Brady's "go-to" receiver in 2006 was Reche Caldwell, who had 61 catches for 760 yards and four touchdowns. A year later, Moss' first in New England, he hauled in 98 passes for 1,493 yards and an NFL record 23 touchdowns.
During his four seasons with the Pats, Moss had 259 receptions for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns.
Yeah, it's hard to blame Randy or Tom for pining for the good ol' days.
Of course, Moss looked nothing like his Hall of Fame self after the Pats unloaded him on the Vikings four games into last season (4 games, 13 receptions, 2 TDs). And he looked worse than that after Minnesota cut him and he finished the season with the Titans (8 games, 6 receptions, 0 TDs). But that may have had as much to do with lack of motivation as diminishing skills.
Still, we wouldn't shut the door completely on a Moss-New England reunion. Belichick isn't a by-the-book personnel guy -- he's been known to mix things up. Like, say, when he acquired Moss from the Raiders for a fourth-round pick.
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