Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: November 3, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 5:19 pm
 

Randy Moss awarded to Tennessee Titans

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL awarded Randy Moss to the Tennessee on Wednesday -- given the Titans spot in the NFL's waiver order, a large number of teams declined to claim Moss.

A report from SI's Don Banks before the 4 PM EST waiver deadline indicated that Tennessee put in a claim, and it appears that Moss' reported unwillingness to show up to a non-contender's office may have put a scare in several teams, most notably the St. Louis Rams, who were actually favored to land Moss, but concerned with how he might affect a young locker room.

In fact, the NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported Wednesday that the Titans were the only team put a claim in for Moss.

Fans of the NFL (and especially Tennessee fans) will recall that in the 1998 NFL Draft, with the 16th overall pick, the Tennessee Oilers made Kevin Dyson the first wideout taken ... five spots ahead of where Moss was selected by the Vikings.

Clearly Moss' addition makes the Titans a better team -- Chris Johnson will see less stacked boxes and if Kenny Britt is able to return (which isn't guaranteed, and may be part of the reason why the Titans targeted Moss), he'll be facing single coverage frequently.

Vince Young's ability to scramble and improvise should work quite well with Moss' deep speed (and, by the way, Young's the top-rated passer in the NFL right now), and Moss should be absolutely drooling when he looks at the Titans remaining schedule: after the Titans Week 9 bye, they face Miami (12th in the league against the pass), the Redskins (30th), the Texans (32nd) twice, the Jaguars (28th), the Colts (7th) twice, and the Chiefs (23rd). 

Quickly following the news that the Titans were awarded Moss, multiple reports indicated that the wideout would report to Tennessee, and his agent, Joel Segal, confirmed that in a statement Wednesday.

"Randy is looking forward to coming to Tennessee," Segal said via Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. "He is ready to play."

The Titans are excited as well, clearly.

"We are always looking for ways to improve our roster," said Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt, according to the Titans Twitter feed. "Randy is obviously a Hall of Fame player, [and] has the ability to be a difference maker for our offense."

Jeff Fisher added that, "We had an opportunity to upgrade our offense and Randy has been a tremendous threat where ever he has been. We will bring him up to speed as quickly as possible."

Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post reports that the Patriots and Vikings will each foot $1.5 million of Moss' contract, while the Titans will pick up the remaining $3.4 million because of their waiver claim.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 3:49 pm
 

Report: Titans put in claim for Moss

Posted by Will Brinson

As the Randy Moss sweepstakes (mercifully) come to a close, reports have been coming in left and right as to what teams put a claim in for him (check our full breakdown of the NFL waiver wire order here).

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated reports via a league source that the Tennessee Titans have entered a claim for the former Viking.

Tennessee is one team that really makes sense for Moss -- they're a contender and Kenny Britt's hamstring injury trainwrecked (the extent of which is still unknown) gives them a clear need for a deep threat.

Additionally, Jeff Fisher is a type of no-nonsense coach that could keep Moss in line, at least in theory.

In other news, the Chiefs' Todd Haley said they are not interested, and Pete Carroll stated that the Seahawks did not put a claim in for Moss.

The Titans are 23rd on the NFL waiver order, and would need several teams (most notably the Rams) to pass on Moss in order to obtain his services.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 2:12 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 2:38 pm
 

Report: Moss would sit out if unhappy with team

Posted by Will Brinson

Here's an interesting wrinkle to the Randy Moss story, as the NFL waiver deadline (4 PM EST) approaches: he would reportedly sit out the entire season if he doesn't like the team that claims him.

That's according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, who cites a source close to Moss saying he is "willing to sit out the season" if he's not enthralled with the team that claims him, because "he wants a ring."

This news is pretty outrageous but shouldn't be that surprising, considering that we're talking about Randy Moss here -- it's also understood that if a team like Buffalo or Carolina that's already out of contention for the playoffs picked him up, they'd be taking on a multi-million dollar headache for the remainder of the season.

In fact, this news is probably something that Moss wants everyone to know: in a year of extreme parity, there are plenty of teams that are in contention for a division title, but probably not in contention for a Super Bowl victory. That's not to take away from the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams (two teams that have been prominently mentioned as possibilities for Moss) of the world, but it looks like a team needs to believe that Moss is the final piece of the puzzle to put them over the top for contention.

To sum up: you've been warned, middling NFL teams that need wide receiver help. Just in case you didn't know that already.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:06 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Sidney Rice coming off PUP Wednesday

Posted by Will Brinson

During Brad Childress' weekly press conference (which may be broadcast in Times Square at this point), most of the questions were focused on this Randy Moss fella (more on that in a bit).

But in terms of players who are actually still on the Vikings roster, Childress had some good news, telling the media that Sidney Rice would come off the the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, and begin practicing.

The Vikings will have three weeks to evaluate Rice and see if they want to activate him.

Rice underwent surgery on his hip during the offseason after a Pro Bowl year and some questions about his contract (which pays him $550,000 in the last year of his rookie deal).

As for who would fill Randy Moss' void on offense while Rice is evaluated, Childress' response was, "We have Hank Baskett." Oof.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 12:20 pm
 

Seahawks, Niners, Jets to pass on Randy Moss?

Posted by Will Brinson

We spent plenty of time this morning putting together the NFL waiver order, noting in the process what teams might be interested in taking on the troubled talent that is Randy Moss.

In our list, the 49ers and Seahawks were listed as weak "maybes" -- and reports Wednesday indicate that neither is likely to claim Moss by 4 PM.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Niners "are not expected" to put in a claim on Moss (or Shawne Merriman), according to a source with knowledge of the situation. It's kind of a shame, since the Mike Singletary and Moss would allow us to nickname the Niners "Pants Party" for the rest of the season.

In other NFC West news, Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times states that "indications were the Seahawks weren't interested" in placing a claim on Moss or Merriman either. Seattle has a need at wideout, and Pete Carroll isn't scared to make an aggressive move, but there are bigger concerns for the 'Hawks -- namely protecting the guy who can't even really throw the deep ball.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that, per a league source, the Jets have not placed a claim on Moss either -- this is logical in that Rex Ryan and Co. would only reasonably take a stab at Moss in order to block the Patriots from picking him up. After all, adding Moss to a wide receiver corps that includes Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes is the equivalent to inviting Snooki onto the Real World: Craziest Housemate Reunion.

Provided these reports are accurate, it seems likely that the top team with reasonable shot at pulling the trigger on a claim for Moss are the St. Louis Rams (although I still think the Chargers are a candidate, though bringing in Moss would undermine Norv Turner and give A.J. Smith more of a headache at wideout), who occupy the 13th spot in the current NFL waiver order.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: November 3, 2010 4:43 pm
 

NFL Waiver Order: What team will get Randy Moss?

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE: RANDY MOSS IS A TENNESSEE TITAN.

We should have done this yesterday, but for those of you pining to find out where Randy Moss will end up, provided he's claimed on waivers by teams before 4 PM EST on Wednesday, here's a little breakdown of the waiver wire order, plus some pithy chatter about whether each team will claim him.

The order is based on current NFL standings (and thusly probably similar to your fantasy football league), with worst record (the Bills) having first priority and best record (the Patriots) having last priority. Strength of schedule is the tiebreaker and if there's a tie after that, the teams flip a coin. If it lands on it's side, the coaches have a steel cage death match.

Update (12:24): It appears as if we can take the 49ers, Seahawks and Jets off the list of interested teams. Per sources and whatnot.

Update (2:00): Moss reportedly might sit out the entire season if he doesn't like the team who claims him. Somehow, this isn't shocking, right?

Update (2:40): The forgotten Shawne Merriman (same rules apply below) might be claimed by the Buffalo Bills. REALLY.

Update (3:15): Pete Carroll confirms via the Seahawks that Seattle did not put in a claim for Moss, while Todd Haley said he would not be interested in working with Moss "at this time" per Kent Babbe of the KC Star.

Update (3:45): The Titans have reportedly put in a claim for Moss.

Update (3:50): Jay Glazer of Fox Sports "is hearing" the Rams have NOT put in a claim for Moss.

Order Team Record SOS Interest in Moss?
1 Bills 0-7 .667 Absolutely not on Moss, who's already says he only wants to play for a winner.
2 Panthers 1-6 .519 Have a need for a WR, but money and lack of contention outweigh that.
3 Cowboys 1-6 .558 Too much drama in Big D already, even though Jerry's always eyed Randy.
4 49ers 2-6 .508 Nice pairing with Crabtree maybe, but drama's already an issue in the bay.
5 Bronocs 2-6 .567 Passing game is already fine, and Josh McDaniels is a 'character' guy. 
6 Lions 2-5 .538 Youth movement + elite Calvin Johnson + highly paid Nate Burleson = No.
7 Vikings 2-5 .549 BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry, hold on ... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ahh.
8 Bengals 2-5 .571 The "three amigos" story is outstanding but not enough balls. To go around.
9 Browns 2-5 .640 Cleveland needs the wideout help, but being out of contention negates the need.
10 Chargers 3-5 .583 My dark horse because of need, but Norv and Moss have bad Oakland history.
11 Cardinals 3-4 .566 Have Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston and need a QB before a WR.
12 Jaguars 4-4 .424 Jags could theoretically use a deep threat but he's not a Wayne Weaver guy.
13 Rams 4-4 .441 The literal Vegas fave, because of need, Sam Bradford's talent and playoff push.
14 Raiders 4-4 .443 Even the way Moss dogged it for Raiders, they'd look, but why mess with happy?
15 Redskins 4-4 .518 If the player has any name value at all, Daniel Snyder's franchise is in the mix.
16 Seahawks 4-3 .407 No one can throw the deep ball, but Seattle certainly needs the help at WR.
17 Bears 4-3 .431 Haven't chased veteran WRs in the past, but Moss could help here.
18 Dolphins 4-3 .500 "Strongly considering" it,  a deep threat makes Fins dangerous & blocks Pats
19 Eagles 4-3 .500 DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are plenty talented already, thanks.
20 Texans 4-3 .545 Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver in football -- no need to bother.
21 Packers* 5-3 .439 Packers have wide receiver injuries, but if they wouldn't pursue a RB, why Moss?
22 Saints* 5-3 .439 Defending champs have plenty of firepower without trying to disrupt chemistry.
23 Titans 5-3 .467 Kenny Britt's hamstring injury looks bad, so this is a definite possibility.
24 Chiefs 5-2 .385 IF he falls this far, Matt Cassel, Moss & Scott Pioli have worked together.
25 Bucs 5-2 .431 Youth movement and cost wouldn't warrant the Bucs taking a gamble here.
26 Ravens** 5-2 .440 Ravens already have plenty of talent at the WR spot to worry about Moss.
27 Giants** 5-2 .440 Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham = stacked at WR.
28 Falcons 5-2 .451 Could make sense to pair with Roddy White, but character concerns say nah.
29 Jets 5-2 .471 Jets take on plenty of "headaches," and wouldn't mind blocking Pats, of course.
30 Colts 5-2 .533 A dream matchup for Moss, but Colts don't need name value to get production.
31 Steelers 5-2 .608 Not even a chance, really -- Rooneys already cleaned house on characters
32 Patriots 6-1 .420 Pats won't claim him if he falls, because they can sign him for cheap afterwards.

* = coin flip
** = coin flip
Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:25 am
 

Vikes ownership cheesed at Chilly over Moss?

Posted by Will Brinson

Anyone who's ever had a job knows that 99 percent of the time, there someone to answer to -- a "boss" if you will. And if you do things like, say, fire other employees, without making sure your boss is cool with it, you can get in trouble.

Enter Brad Childress into our little hypothetical metaphor; Chilly as we all are fully aware of by now, canned Randy Moss from the Minnesota's roster on Monday. And he did so without consulting the people (owner Zygi Wilf and president Mark Wilf) who sign his paychecks.

Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer-Press reports that this has the Wilfs, who were doing other business elsewhere when the Moss fiasco went down, a touch upset. "Rankled," even, according to a source.

"They were not happy with the decision but more so the process," said the source, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity. "These guys are lawyers. They're process people. Part of the confusion is that there is no clear conformity within the organizational structure. And that's flawed."

Part of that flawed process is that Childress has full control over the Vikings' roster.

"And when you have a flawed structure you get the kind of Keystone Kops atmosphere that's out there now," the Pioneer Press' source said.

The possibility that Childress "went rogue" on dumping Moss because of his attitude seems like the likely scenario that actually played out in Minnesota now; it also explains why there were conflicting reports about whether Moss had actually been waived on Monday, and why the team knew about Moss being released before Moss did.

Interestingly, this removes the "it's either him or me" (Childress and Moss, natch) from play. But it doesn't necessarily close the door to the "Chilly takes a stand and is fired because he refused to back down and totally not because he's a bad coach" scenario, which could play out quickly if the Vikings don't start winning.

None of that's to say that Childress WILL get fired, but if he had any inkling before now that his job was on the line (and that, say, ownership wanted to take a gander at defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier), this is his only shot at going out for reasons outside incompetence.

Not that insubordination is necessarily better, though.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:25 pm
 

Fins giving 'serious consideration' to Moss?

Posted by Will Brinson

Quickly: name one team who isn't interested in Randy Moss (or at least claiming him). Fine, you got me -- but the Vikings shouldn't count.

The Dolphins sure do, though, and according to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, they're giving the possibility of putting in claim for Moss "serious consideration."

Darlington cites a source who says that, as well as the fact that any team would be "foolish" not at least think about it.

The Dolphins traded for Brandon Marshall in the offseason, and they have Davone Bess and Brian Hartline, so they're not exactly desperate for wideout help, but Moss' presence at the very least would turn Marshall into an even bigger monster for Chad Henne targets.

Plus, the combustible combination of Moss and Marshall would be fun to watch from a media perspective. But the bigger problem is that Miami sits at 18th in the waiver order, and would need everyone in front of them to pass on Moss.

That list includes the Seahawks (Mike Williams is their best option, and Pete Carroll likes doing crazy things), the Rams (the Vikings may pay St. Louis to claim him just because anyone who assumes the No. 1 wideout under the arches gets injured), and the Chargers (sure, Norv Turner and Randy Moss don't have a "great history" from Oakland, but Patrick Crayton is their best option until Vincent Jackson returns).

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