Analysis: Lions Should Consider Moss

Assuming he clears waivers, would the Detroit Lions put a claim on Randy Moss? They should at least consider it.

Once the shock and awe has worn off from Minnesota's short-lived engagement to Randy Moss (the Vikings' placed their former great on the waiver wire Monday afternoon), the next question - as it applies to Lions fans, anyway, is quite simple: would Detroit make a claim?

The answer? They should at least consider it.

Moss's turbulent nature is ultimately what led to his ouster in both Minnesota (2x) and New England, as each team deemed that his onfield value wasn't worth the distraction.

For the most part.

In New England, it was more business than personal. The Patriots had pass-catching individuals that were evolving in Bill Belichick's system, with Moss, in a contract year, on the tail-end of his career and expecting something that Patriots had no intention of delivering: an extension. In Belichick's renowned plug-and-play offense, there isn't a need for Moss's skills, because there's always someone else that can walk in and do it.

So they traded him to Minnesota, collecting a third-round pick in the process. Point, Belichick.

With the Vikings, it's clear to anyone that Brad Childress, the embattled Minny coach, didn't appreciate Moss's post-game remarks following his team's loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Essentially, Moss praised his allegiance to the Pats, while throwing his purple-clad counterparts under the bus.

However, that doesn't mean Moss wasn't right. And it doesn't mean that, at 33, he is a cancer.

Minnesota's second marriage to Moss was flawed from the start, thrusting the veteran into an erratic offense and dysfunctional, losing ball club. There was already questionable blood between Childress and Favre, and given the team's apparent love of Favre, a divide had probably been brewing since opening week. Not an ideal situation for a player with a history in Minnesota after he had departed the most ideal situation in New England.

So would Detroit be an appropriate destination for the 6-4 defensive nightmare? As appropriate as anywhere else.

First of all, Moss has history with Detroit offensive coordinator Scott Linehan: good history. Moss's best years came under Linehan's tutelage in Minnesota (2002-2004), including 106 and 111 reception seasons in '02 and '03.

And, certainly, the thought of pairing Moss with Calvin Johnson is as enticing as any. In Detroit's system, Moss would replace the ineffective Bryant Johnson, playing opposite Calvin Johnson, with Nate Burleson -- who has also played with Moss -- remaining a slot receiver.

Even in his waning glory days, Moss still demands double-teams in 2010. Coupled with Johnson, Detroit could be downright devastating.

While intriguing, the Lions also just put the finishing touches on their best offensive performance to date in Sunday's win over Washington. They're aware that something good is brewing, and adding a player as vibrant as Moss is introducing an unknown.

Lions GM Martin Mayhew has made acquisitions before and during this campaign, and each has helped improve the ball club. Alphonso Smith, arguably the team's top defensive playmaker, was plucked from Denver under the guise of a troubled player. Could Mayhew see the same potential in adding Moss?

The risk-reward factor is, at the least, a gamble.

The Lions are behind Buffalo, Dallas, Carolina, San Francisco and Denver on the league's waiver wire process before they could make a claim on Moss (it's also important to note that Detroit stands in front of division contenders Chicago and Green Bay, who might also take a stab at Moss's services).

If Moss bypasses those clubs, Detroit would have to absorb the prorated amount of his $6.4 million salary, while determining whether or not the goods outweigh the bad.

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