Who Takes A Chance on Moss Now?
The Buffalo Bills, the NFL's only winless team, will be the "home" team this Sunday at the Rogers Centre as this ill-conceived attempt to make the Bills beloved in Toronto continues.
At least theoretically, Randy Moss could be in the Buffalo lineup. It would be expensive, but a year after taking Terrell Owens out for a rather pointless test drive, would the Bills be cynical enough to acquire Owens just to goose the gate and create some interest in their awful season?
Probably not. The Bills, through the NFL waiver claim system, will have first shot at Moss, who won't be awarded to a new team until Wednesday. If a team picks him up, they'll be liable for the remaining portion of his $6.4 million salary, or about $3.9 million this season.
If nobody picks him up, the Minnesota Vikings would be stuck for both the remainder of his contract after already coughing up a valuable third round pick to New England to rent Moss for four moderately helpful games. Another team could then pick him up on the cheap for $450,000.
So would the 0-7 Bills bite at $3.9 million? Seems extremely unlikely. The issues at the top of the Buffalo need list are help for its porous run defence, somebody in the secondary who can catch a ball and, despite some good work of late by Ryan Fitzpatrick, star quality at the quarterback position.
A high-maintenance, 33-year-old receiver with a tiresome act on and off the field doesn't seem to be a good fit.
But if it happened, it sure would make for a fun week prior to the Bills-Bears game on Sunday, wouldn't you say?
Interestingly, the Bears are also mentioned in some circles as a destination for Moss, although again, it's unlikely. But we in Toronto looking for a news story to spice up a game between the terrible Bills and Jay (DeAngelo Hall is My Favourite Receiver) Cutler and the the mediocre Bears would take it.
ESPN football insider John Clayton suggests the Rams, Seahawks, Redskins, Dolphins and Chiefs are the likeliest teams to chase after Moss, plus the Patriots. Imagine the conspiracy theories that would abound if the Pats got Moss back for $450,000, which would mean they had shed his salary and got a draft pick for him, and then were still able to use him as a threat down the stretch.