Earlier in February Randy Moss said he would like to make a return to the NFL, on Tuesday he got a step closer. SportsNOLA is reporting that Moss made quite the impression at a Saints workout, saying he ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.39-4.40 range. Find out what the Saints thought of Moss after the jump!
One source described Moss as being more impressive than anticipated, saying that he is in great shape.
Moss spoke with Saints officials, including Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton, after the workout and both sides were encouraging to one another. The sources confirm that there is a strong chance of the two sides coming together on a deal that would make Moss a Saint in 2012.
Sean Payton and the Saints believe that playing for a winning team with a good organization and a great quarterback could bring the best out in Moss.
If the Saints are looking at Moss from the standpoint of simply taking a flyer on a free agent who could return to some of his former glory, rather than being a go-to or premier guy, it is a sound approach. If they take the approach that Moss is a primary, key player to perhaps gear an offense around, that would be a mistake but the former seems to be the trend of thought, rather than the latter.
I wrote for Big Cat Country last month on a report that Moss told the NFL Network that he could still run a sub 4.40 40-yard dash. If this report by SportsNOLA stands, Moss was dead on with his word.
On that post I wrote that the Jaguars should definitely consider taking a look at Moss:
What kind of effect would signing Moss have on a quarterback just coming off of his rookie season? Moss could bring an element to the team that it hasn’t seen in years – a threat down the field. Throughout his career Moss has always been that deep threat, often staying out of the middle of the field and staying at the edge of the field. Moss is a kind of guy that quarterback Blaine Gabbert could look to in pressure situations, and count on him to make the catch. In situations like that, it could bring Gabbert’s confidence up on those late-game drives. Moss is 6’4″ and would be the second-tallest wide out on the team, behind Osgood, who isn’t much of a down field threat.
It’s not even a Jaguars thing, when you go down the list of teams, there isn’t too many places that Moss wouldn’t fit in at. The Saints fit that bill. They are embracing on losing Marques Colston, who had 1,143 receiving yards last season on 80 catches. We’ve already seen what Moss can do with Tom Brady at quarterback, imagine what he can do catching passes from Drew Brees.
The fact that the Saints worked out Moss is a sign that the team could be moving on from Colston. The Jaguars are in the market for a receiver, there’s no question about it. Every available receiver has been rumored to sign with Jacksonville, so Colston will be no different.
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