The buzz about Randy Moss going to the Jets picked up this morning thanks to a Daily News report claiming the team has a genuine interest in pursuing the free agent receiver in the likely case that the team can’t resign both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes.
The real question, is whether the Jets are serious about potentially signing Moss or they are attempting to gain some leverage in their negotiations with Edwards and Holmes.
Rex Ryan has always been a big fan of Moss and we know he can still stretch a defense, as he beat the Jets secondary deep twice for touchdowns last year. He certainly is past his prime and isn’t as complete of a receiver as Edwards or Holmes but he could be a viable short term option on a cheap contract.
While I do think this story being leaked does have to do with posturing for upcoming negotiations with Edwards or Holmes, I do think the Jets would be seriously pursue Moss if they can’t sign both of their free agent receivers this off-season. I also think Moss would be very interested in the Jets recruitment. Why wouldn’t he want the chance to show New England he isn’t finished yet twice next year and also play for a team that is a legitimate contender for a Super Bowl?
We already know the Jets aren’t scared by players with baggage, on or off the field and that they won’t shy away from pursuing the big name. It makes sense to have plenty of doubts about the intelligence of bringing Moss into the Jets offense, considering the type of season he had last year. Regardless for the price the Jets might be able to get him at, the reward could be worth the risk.