Randy Moss was waived by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, Nov. 1. The move comes after just two weeks with the Vikings, and Moss waves good bye to yet another team. The way that waivers are now going to work is that any other team in the NFL can claim him off of waivers and take on the current contract he has. The waiver wire allows the worst team in the NFL to make the choice first, so now the Buffalo Bills get to decide if they want to claim Moss. If they pass, the choice goes to the second-worst team, and so on in that order until everyone has had a chance to claim him.
By placing Moss on waivers, the Vikings still retain his rights, and thus won’t have to pay his contract if another team decides to come along and take him. He will be on waivers for the next 24 hours, and if a team decides to claim him, they will pay him for the final nine games of the 2010 season. According to ESPN, Moss is scheduled to make $6.4 million in salary this year. There could be a surprise team that pops up and claims Moss off waivers, because the only thing that they will have to give up is the money it takes to bring him into the fold. This is also the last year of his current contract, so Moss won’t be on their roster past this season unless they offer an extension.
ESPN also reported that there are several teams out there that could be interested in claiming Moss. Those teams include the Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, and New York Jets. He might be a great option for Donovan McNabb in Washington, and the Jets certainly have a reputation of rebuilding the character of a player who has been panned by other franchises. Which team will take that risk on Moss is a bit unclear, but he will either be playing for a new team by Tuesday, or he will become a free agent able to sign with any other team.
Randy Moss has not been having a good year in 2010, and in games split between the New England Patriots and Vikings, Moss only has 22 total catches for 313 yards and five touchdowns. On Sunday night against the New England Patriots, he only had one catch for eight yards, but had several plays where it almost looked like he had quit on the play. Maybe that was all that the Vikings could stand of Moss, and this now becomes the second time that he has been shown the door out of Minnesota.
Any team that claims him now will have to put up with that baggage, so it is hard to presume that a playoff-caliber team would want to risk bringing him on to the roster. With that in mind, it will be a team that is either desperate for a wide receiver or on the cusp of being good that will probably be willing to take that risk.