Randy Moss: To Claim, Or Not To Claim?

By Aaron Kirn

The Minnesota Vikings have waived Randy Moss, which means at 4:00PM Tuesday the league will send out a wire to all teams stating Moss has been waived.

Teams can then submit their claim for Moss, and will league will notify the team who has been awarded Randy Moss 4:00PM Wednesday.

If St. Louis decides to make a claim, 12 teams would have to pass on Randy Moss for the Rams’ claim to get approved by the league.

NFL Waiver Order

  1. Buffalo Bills
  2. Carolina Panthers
  3. Dallas Cowboys
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. Detroit Lions
  7. Minnesota Vikings
  8. Cincinnati Bengals
  9. Cleveland Browns
  10. San Diego Chargers
  11. Arizona Cardinals
  12. Jacksonville Jaguars
  13. St. Louis Rams

The big question is, should the Rams make a claim for Randy Moss?

Many feel the Rams should claim Randy Moss because of their injury issues at wide receiver.  Donnie Avery, Mark Clayton, and Dominique Curry are on IR.  Danario Alexander just underwent his fifth operation on his left knee, Laurent Robinson left Sunday’s game late in the fourth quarter with an apparent shoulder injury, but his nagging foot injury has him sidelined in practice this week.

Mardy Gilyard was inactive in week 7 vs. Tampa Bay due to a hamstring. Gilyard was active vs. Carolina but had no receptions. That leaves Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson; two undersized wide receivers with no deep-threat potential.  So to say the Rams have injury issues at wide receiver is actually an understatement.

Amendola and Gibson have done a great job thus far, but neither of them compare to Moss in terms of being a downfield threat.  His presence alone on the outside would make the Rams better offensively.

Defenses have to account for Moss’ big play potential, making the field a little bigger for Sam Bradford.  With the defense spread, Amendola could play the slot more effective, Jackson’s running game would open up, and Bradford would at least have an opportunity to throw down the field once in a while.  He made Mark Clayton look pretty good, didn’t he?

Randy a Ram, Boom.  All the sudden the Rams are a legitimate  contender, right?

All that above is well and good, but the reality is we are talking about the self-absorbed personality of Randy Moss here.  Taking into account Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo’s “Four Pillars” philosophy which puts a high emphasis on players of high character, Moss might not be worth the risk for Spagnuolo.  One thing Sam Bradford doesn’t need is any off-the-field distractions or controversy that Moss will undoubtedly bring with him, judging by his recent behavior.

But why not put a claim out if you’re the Rams and take a chance on Moss.  Bring him in, tell him this is way it’s going to be, if he doesn’t like it, release him on the spot.  He’ll go back on waivers, get claimed probably by your division foe Seattle and you’re in the same place you were in.  Which is a half game out of first place, and winless on the road.  Not many expected the Rams to be 4-4, but why stop there?

A motivated Randy Moss can help you win the West in 2010. It would be a win-win providing a major short-term boost to a franchise on the rise, while gaining more suitors to a receiver looking for a contract in 2011.

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