A long-time cliche is “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”
Apparently, the Kansas City Chiefs feel like things are rolling enough to where a little Moss might not have been a good idea.
I think they made the right call.
I will be the first to admit the Chiefs should sign Randy Moss if he goes to free agency. And maybe this could have been a sign and trade type deal like what happened with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday morning.
However, all the Chiefs being involved would do is just drive Minnesota’s price higher. The Vikings are a desperate franchise, sitting at 1-2. This is a team that has given their souls to Brett Favre to get to the Super Bowl NOW. If they don’t make it this year and Brett Favre is truly done – I’ll believe that when I see it – then the last two years were a gigantic waste for the Vikings.
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The Vikings will send a third-round 2011 draft pick to the Vikings in return for Moss and New England’s seventh-round draft pick in 2012, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
They HAD to bring in Moss. And they were going to do anything to get him. Outbidding the Vikings in this process would have done little for this team.
Yes, you improve your wide receiving corps. Yes, you give Matt Cassel a weapon he’s a little familiar with, as Moss had a 1,000-yard receiving season and double digit touchdowns with Cassel as his quarterback in 2008.
However, you already have a loose cannon receiver in Dwayne Bowe – one who disappears in games at times and opens his mouth inappropriately at other times. If the Chiefs are trying to get more out of Bowe, Moss might not be the role model you want there.
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In addition, the Chiefs are in the midst of a process. Is this team a Randy Moss away from winning a Super Bowl? No. There are some other issues that need fixed. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli seems to have a plan. That draft pick that would have been given up could have turned into a decent player.
Remember, people hated the Javier Arenas pick when it happened. “We traded Tony Gonzalez for Javier Arenas? That sucked.” Now, people seem to get what Arenas’ role is and like the move. He’s an electric return guy, a threat at any time.
This team is not finished yet. But it’s getting closer. I’d like to see what Pioli can do with a full draft this year, as well as some key free agents. This team will be better next year than it is this year. And with a tougher schedule next year, the Chiefs are going to need every draft pick they can get to get things going in the right direction.
There’s something to be said about “going for it” right now. If this were baseball, I’d agree. But with this being football, I think acting rashly is not in the Chiefs best interests, especially when they are building a team with “character” guys.
Moss doesn’t fit into this team’s plans this year, nor does he fit into them for the forseeable future, as he will inevitably start declining in skills.
And if Cassel continues to struggle DESPITE having Moss, that could cause problems with the new No. 1 receiver.
With Moss, you never truly know what you’re going to get – either the disruptive force or the guy eager to prove how good he is. Minnesota’s banking on the latter. However, for a team like the Chiefs, you have to be fully aware of the former – which is why Pioli probably passed.
The only thing we know is this – Brett Favre’s stock went up in fantasy football. Tom Brady‘s just went down. And the New York Jets look like a safer pick to win the AFC East.