Moss Falling: Negatives

In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed all the positives of whether the Jaguars should make a serious run at signing free agent wide receiver Randy Moss. In this second part, we're going to explore some of the negatives associated with the potential free agent.

The first reason why the Jaguars would likely not want to pursue Randy Moss is the issue of team chemistry. Moss has only been considered a team first guy for one year, and when the going gets tough, Moss has a tendency to quit. The Jaguars have a mostly young roster, and they seemed to gel last season in the face of adversity. Would Moss be able to buy in on a team that hasn't really won anything? He could, but would the Jaguars even want to take that chance?

The next reason why Jacksonville should pass on the pass catcher in question would be money. Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver would likely have to commit to an eight-figure signing bonus, and although Jacksonville has plenty of cap room, that's not "Monopoly money" that they would have to pay Moss. Assuming that the Jaguars did sign Moss to a nice new contract, they likely wouldn't have enough left over to grab help on defense, the area in which the team needs the most repair. One final monetary issue with signing Moss would be the ego of the Jaguars leader, David Garrard. They simply can't give Moss a big free agent contract before getting Garrard a new deal. It could cause potential problems in the locker room and in the media.

Another issue with the pursuit of Moss is which Moss are you getting? Would the Jaguars get the great, team-first player who set the NFL record for receiving touchdowns in 2007, or would they get the guy who barely showed up in Oakland? There really is no telling. Does Moss respect the Jaguars situation, or is he just in it for the paycheck? When Randy re-worked his contract in New England last year, he was headed to a team that has already won championships, that had one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game. The Jaguars situation is certainly different.

The final reason that would certainly cause hesitation for the pursuit of Moss would be his off the field issues. Moss has never been known as a solid community guy, and those aren't the type of players that Wayne Weaver and the Jaguars have been attracted to in the past. Moss was in the news negatively as recently as a few weeks ago with a domestic violence charge, and there's no telling where that issue will go. Moss has had other issues in his past, and the last thing the Jaguars need is more negative publicity, being that the current roster has had several indiscretions over the past few years.

In summation, Moss is a fantastic talent, and at 31 years old, there's no reason to believe that he can't be productive for quite a few more years. Unfortunately, Moss doesn't care to block, and he tends to take plays off. Moss has quit on teams in the past and although the Jaguars current situation is stable, there's no telling if Moss will go the other way. It would certainly be a risky move by the front office, but it's a move that at least deserves some inquiry. At the right price, Randy's attitude may not be an issue, but what is that price? It's up to Jaguars general manager James "Shack Harris" to find out.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.



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