At the ripe age of 34, wide receiver Santana Moss is nearing the end of his NFL career. Year after year, his production and effectiveness continue to decline as the Washington Redskins start to find less use for the aging veteran.
Slated to count $6.1 million against the cap in 2013, Moss is likely going to have to take a significant salary cut in order to stay with the Redskins. At this point in his career, he is no longer worth a hefty price tag.
During the 2012 season, Moss saw a significant decrease in snaps, but still managed to maintain some productivity. Throughout the year, he hauled in 41 passes for 573 yards and eight touchdowns. The majority of his touchdowns came in the red zone as Moss asserted himself as a presence near the goal-line. Still, he was limited outside of the 20-yardline and is no longer worth No. 1 receiver money.
On top of Moss’ deteriorating skills, the Redskins have a number of young receivers waiting for their opportunities to shine. While No. 1 target Pierre Garcon made an instant impact in his first year in D.C., Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson have been waiting to put their potential as NFL pass-catchers on display.
Moss is no longer the dynamic threat that he once was. His effectiveness has been limited to the slot position, which gives the Redskins fewer options to work with in their passing attack. Unless he wants to try his luck elsewhere, Moss is going to have to take a pay cut in order to salvage his spot in Washington.
The Redskins proved in 2012 that they’re one of the most talented young teams in the league. If Moss won’t shrink his paycheck, it’ll get even younger in 2013.