Monday, January 28, 2013
Moss reunion in New England?
By Tim Kavanagh
One of the interesting plotlines for any Super Bowl is the quest by some aged veterans to pick up a ring near the end of their career. This time around, that narrative describes 49ers WR Randy Moss, Ravens C Matt Birk and others. However, after Moss' contract with the Niners ends following this season, he'd apparently like to continue to play for at least one more campaign.
A source has revealed to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that Moss intends on playing for at least one more season. Moss isn't the same game-breaking pass-catcher that he once was, but he was an effective role player for the 49ers during 2012, and he still demands some attention from opposing secondaries.
One team that could've used a player of that ilk in 2012 is the New England Patriots, the team for whom Moss starred earlier this millennium. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com wonders if Bill Belichick and Co. will offer him an NFL home for 2013:
Mike ReissPondering Moss as a 2013 Patriot
"The Patriots' equivalent to Moss in terms of No. 3 role this past season was Deion Branch, who played almost the same percentage of snaps as Moss. He is also a free agent (key stats: 16 catches, 145 yards, 0 TDs). In terms of each receiver's skill set at this stage of their careers, one could make the case that Moss' vertical presence would be a better fit with the Patriots next season (the vertical element has been lacking since Moss' departure). If the Patriots could be assured that they'd be getting the Moss locker room presence of 2007/2012, and not the Moss of 2010, perhaps it would be an option they'd consider in a reshaped receiver corps that will also likely include an infusion of youth."