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New England Patriots Favored to Sign Randy Moss for 2012 Season
Randy Moss’ stay with the New England Patriots didn’t end well in the 2010 season, but the Pats are the Bovada NFL odds-on favorites to sign Moss for next season after the future Hall of Fame receiver announced earlier this week that he was un-retiring and wanted to play in 2012.
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While Moss has been criticized often for his attitude – Cris Carter recently said no Hall of Fame-caliber player “quit” more on his team than Moss – his numbers are among the best in history. Moss' 153 touchdown receptions are tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list and Moss is fifth all-time in yards and ninth in receptions. The four-time All-Pro’s best season came in 2007 with New England when Moss had 98 receptions for 1,493 yards and an NFL record 23 touchdowns as the Patriots went unbeaten until a Super Bowl upset loss to the New York Giants.
Moss had a falling out with the team in 2010 as he made his demands public for a new contract and seemed to play halfheartedly, if that. New England would have none of that and traded Moss after four games to Minnesota, where he burst onto the NFL scene as the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and starred for the Vikings through 2004. Moss was a bust with the Vikes in 2010, however, and was released after four games. The Tennessee Titans took a flier on Moss but he was a non-factor there as well. Moss finished the 2010 season with career lows of 28 catches for 393 yards and five TDs.
Moss retired last summer but said this week that it was due to off-field issues that have been taken care of and that his family has given him the green light to return. There’s no doubt that New England needs a deep threat opposite Wes Welker (presuming Welker re-signs). And Moss still is close to several Patriots and clearly wants to return there. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have never said a bad word about Moss.
The second-favorites to sign Moss are the Chicago Bears at 7/2. Chicago is desperate for a big receiver to help out Jay Cutler – the Roy Williams experiment in 2011 was a total failure and Devin Hester clearly isn’t a No. 1 receiver. But the Bears are likely to conservative a franchise to sign Moss. The other teams on the props list to sign Moss are: 49ers (5/1), Redskins (5/1), Jets (11/2), Rams (7/1), Cowboys (10/1) and Eagles (10/1). Wouldn’t it be something to see the Eagles add yet another former superstar to their roster after signing a handful last year? Of course, that didn’t work out so well. You can also bet on whether Moss will be the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2012 – that’s a yes-only +500 prop at Bovada.
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