As probably everyone has heard by now, Randy Moss has decided to make a return to the NFL. This has many wondering if a NFL team will even pick him up, and if so where will he play? For some of us in New England, the answer to that question is the Patriots. Patriots fans out there know that this ownership has never been as obsessed with wide receivers as other teams in the league. If they were, Bill Belichick would probably be sitting next to Matt Millen on ESPN. There are multiple reasons that the Patriots should sign Moss-

  • Randy Moss is the best receiver that the Patriots have given Tom Brady to work with ever. Wes Welker is good, but nowhere near the physical athlete that Moss is. Moss and Brady put up record-breaking numbers together.
  • Moss is the deep threat lacking in the Patriots offense. People think that Gronkowski and Hernandez are good now? Wait till the field is stretched even more and Gronk isn’t getting double covered.
  • Patriots can sign Moss to the veterans minimum and still have plenty of cap room to sign a top free agent wide receiver.
  • Moss says he can still run a sub 4.3 40. At 35 years old, if true, that deserves a contract on its own.
  • Drafting receivers has never worked for the Patriots. (See: Bethel Johnson)
  • Would give the Patriots more receiver depth than they have ever had. Welker, Moss, free agent, Ocho Cinco, Deion Branch

That list of wide receivers brings us to our next problem. Who stays and who goes? Unlike most people, I don’t think that Chad Johnson is going to be cut. His lack of production was due to the offense and peoples big expectations. What did people expect the Patriots to do? They have the best tight end duo in the league so obviously they had to run most of their offense out of a 2 tight end set. Seeing that they ran a majority of their plays out of this 2 tight end set with a running back in the backfield and Welker as one of the receivers, where did people want Johnson to go? You can’t take Welker off the field for obvious reasons, and Brady is more comfortable with Branch. End of story. You can’t blame Chad Johnson for this, not at all. Secondly, Chad Johnson is not a deep threat. He wasn’t even that much of a deep threat when he was with the Bengals. I don’t even know where this notion came from. He is a route running, possession receiver. Most people just looked at his stats when he came to the Patriots and saw that the had a good number of long yardage touchdowns, and that is true. But most of that yardage came from after the catch.

Back to Randy Moss. Could you even imagine the thought of having a legitimate deep threat in Randy Moss paired with the mid field ability of Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski? Add to this the field stretching of Aaron Hernandez and the possession skills of Chad Johnson, if he doesn’t get cut, and you’ve got yourself one of the best offense this decade. Add a top free agent receiver to that, and you’ve got yourself one of the best offenses ever. Plus, does anyone really think that Randy wants to play anywhere other than in New England?

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