Rams Expressing Interest in Randy Moss?
On Monday, former retired wide receiver Randy Moss announced via video chat on his Ustream account that he planned to unretired and play in the NFL in 2012.
His agent, Joel Segal, has reported so far that three teams have called him with interest in Moss. One of those teams could possibly be the St. Louis Rams, who’s new head coach, Jeff Fisher, was Moss’s last coach when they were both with the Tennessee Titans in 2010.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Fisher was very fond of Moss during his time with the Titans. “I thought the world of him over the six or eight weeks that I think we had him,” said Fisher. “I thought he was a terrific teammate and he did a great job in our locker room.”
It’s interesting to hear Fisher–who is highly regarded around the entire league–say this, since Moss was picked up by the Titans off waivers after being released by the Minnesota Vikings following an incident in the locker room during a post-practice meal that was catered by a local restaurant. Moss reportedly expressed extreme displeasure with the food, calling it “crap” and going as far as saying that he “wouldn’t feed [it] to [his] dog.”
Prior to what was a short-lived second stint with the Vikings, the team he began his career with, Moss was with the New England Patriots, but was traded to the Vikings after just four games.
During what was the beginning of his fourth season with the Patriots, Moss spoke about how he didn’t feel wanted in New England, and how he didn’t think his contract would get extended following the season. Moss’s comments surprised Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who said he was well-liked and respected by the team.
What also makes Fisher’s comments intriguing though, is that it could potentially boost Moss’s credibility and value for not only the Rams, but other teams as well, making them remember Moss for his leadership and talent, and not for his off-field issues as a member of the Patriots and Vikings in 2010.
This could help his chances for playing in 2012.
“If he wants to come back, obviously he’s going to need to find a home,” Fisher continued. But in regards to Moss actually being with the Rams, Fisher responded, “at this point, it’s too early to say.”
It may be too early at this point, but with the NFL Combine and beginning of free agency right around the corner, the 35-year-old Moss is going to need to quickly prove that he can still be a valuable player and a valuable teammate (as well as still run a 4.3-second 40-yard dash).
If so, Moss could once again be one of the league’s biggest deep threats on one of the league’s most explosive offenses.