As famed ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso would say, "not so fast my friend."
A report on FoxSports.com earlier today suggested Dallas could be the eventual destination for the free agent wide receiver should he not re-sign with the New England Patriots.
In case you haven't seen it yet, here is an excerpt from John Czarnecki's article:
|The Patriots and Randy Moss really aren't close to a new contract, although the Pats believe Moss will give them the option to match whatever deal he does receive on the open market. That makes sense because the clubs pursuing Moss will be limited because he wants to play for a contender. The most interesting rumor is Moss joining the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys can pay up, and wouldn't T.O. and Moss be interesting to watch, not to mention impossible to defend?|
Sure, Moss, on paper, would be an incredible acquisition, especially after examining his production last season. In his lone year in New England, he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and a mind-boggling 23 touchdowns.
Imagine that kind of productivity in combination with Terrell Owens in 2008.
Without question, the Cowboys' passing attack would be nearly impossible to defend. Who would you double team? How you be able to stop Marion Barber while having to focus on two Hall of Fame wide receivers being thrown to by Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo?
Again, on paper, this makes a good deal of sense.
Too bad football games aren't played on desks.
The reality is a deal like this would be nearly impossible to pull off and would likely have enormous negative ramifications in the locker room.
For starters the Cowboys aren't in the proper salary cap position to pull such a maneuver, even with the creative loop holes used by Jerry Jones.
Remember, there are still two players from last year's team who need to be locked up in Marion Barber and Flozell Adams. Barber especially, is the future of the Cowboys at the running back position.
In addition, how in the world could two players as emotionally explosive as Owens and Moss co-exist on the same team? How would the ultra-relaxed Wade Phillips be able to handle that combination through the ups and downs, the good and the bad of a 16-game regular season schedule?
Quite frankly, I don't want to know.
Furthermore, Dallas needs to get younger at wide receiver, not older. Moss, 31, is near the end of his career. Who's to say he could come halfway close to his production from a year ago anyway?
And what if he becomes disinterested, like he did in Oakland all those years? True, the Raiders aren't the Cowboys, but you get the idea.
TheRanchReport.com's stance on this report is nothing more than worthless rumors being spread around due to the time of year. It happens every offseason about this time- so it shouldn't be that big of a surprise.
Maybe the Moss camp is wanting to put this "out there" to drive up the price of his next deal. Maybe it was just bogus to begin with.
Whatever the reason, don't believe the hype.
Barring some sort of miracle occurring, Randy Moss will not be playing football for the Cowboys in 2008.