Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have a decision to make.
Sitting in the 16th position in the National Football League’s waiver wire, the two in charge of player management could have the opportunity to claim future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss.
Sitting between Moss and a plane ticket to Seattle, though, are other likely destinations like Buffalo (first in waiver wire), San Diego (10th in waiver wire), St. Louis (13th in waiver wire) and Washington (15th in waiver wire).
However, should the Seahawks have the opportunity to pluck Moss from the wire, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide receiver could provide a boost to a passing game that’s been more aerial flop than aerial attack. Headed into week nine, Seattle ranks 25th in the league in passing yards per game. Moss has the hands, speed and agility needed to make big play after big play. His presence demands opponents to blanket him with their top defender and, oftentimes, double coverage.
Another perk that comes with Moss is reliability. In his 13-year career in the NFL, Moss has missed just six games – three in 2006 with Oakland and three in 2004 during his initial time spent in Minnesota – and has 11 seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. An average season for the receiver consists of 1,136 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns with 52 first downs coming off his catches.
He isn’t perfect, though. As those in football and those that follow the sport have recently been reminded, Moss also comes with baggage. On the field, he’ll play hard when he wants to. On the sideline, if he isn’t happy he’ll let you know. Off the field, it’s still all about him.
Moss will remain on waivers until 4 p.m. Eastern Wednesday. If he’s claimed during that period of time, the team he’s awarded to will be responsible for the remaining amount of his $6.4 million he’s making this season, the last year of his current contract.
If Moss passes through waivers without being claimed, Minnesota will be responsible for the remaining salary and the wideout would then become a free agent.
Since arriving in Seattle, Pete Carroll and John Schneider have gone out and brought in players possessing question marks with varying degrees of success. Reggie Williams and LenDale White were both tossed back after relatively short test runs, but Mike Williams, Leon Washington and Kentwan Balmer have proven to be worth the investment. Bringing in Randy Moss would be the ultimate test.
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