Last month, at the time Randy Moss was abruptly traded from New England to Minnesota, we looked at whether Moss could have fit in the AFC West. There are some natural connections to Moss in the division. Things have changed in the past few weeks, so let’s examine the situation again in light of the Vikings reportedly deciding to waive Moss.
We will look at the AFC West teams in order of waiver priority:
Denver, waiver priority, 5: Moss would reunite with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. Moss had a record-breaking season in 2007 in New England with McDaniels as his offensive coordinator. By all accounts, the two had a good relationship. But I’m not sure if the timing is right. The Broncos are 2-6 and really don’t need any more potential headaches. Plus, the passing game is a bright spot in Denver. Moss really wouldn’t make a huge impact. Now, if he was a running back that would be a different story.
San Diego, 10: No receiving group in the NFL is as banged up as San Diego’s unit. But I still don’t think this is a fit. Moss is not a Chargers-type player. Plus, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 305 yards Sunday despite playing without his top four receivers. Tight end Antonio Gates is carrying the load and the young receivers are getting it done. San Diego will regain its health soon and Vincent Jackson will miss two more games before returning. So, I don’t see Moss ending up in San Diego.
Oakland, 14: Well, Moss flamed out in Minnesota twice. Maybe he’ll end up in Oakland again. There are some members of the Raider Nation who want Oakland to claim Moss, if only to block him from going to first-place Kansas City, which visits Oakland on Sunday. Moss would give the banged-up Oakland receiving crew a veteran presence. But his tenure in Oakland did not end well and the Raiders have amassed more than 1,000 yards of offense the past two weeks. I’m not sure adding the volatile Moss would be good for this team in the long run. But Al Davis might be tempted for the short term. Interestingly, Oakland coach Tom Cable didn’t discount the idea Monday.
Kansas City, 25: I have a feeling Moss may be claimed by a team with a worse record than the 5-2 Chiefs, so it may not matter. But this is a good fit on paper. He played for Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli in New England and Moss and Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel worked well together in New England in 2008. Moss would definitely give the Chiefs’ offense an added dimension. It could be just the push Kansas City needs headed into the second half of the season. But Kansas City coach Todd Haley has clashed with receivers such as Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin (whom the Chiefs considered acquiring this offseason) in the past. The point is, Haley is in charge and he will not tolerate unhappy players contaminating the locker room. So, there is a risk involved. But perhaps playing in Kansas City would inspire Moss to behave himself for the rest of the season. You put Moss on a team with this type of running game and you have a potentially dynamic offense.