The Carolina Panthers suffered a major blow this past week when number one wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin went down with an ACL tear and will be out for the rest of the season. The front office was very aggressive this offseason to add talent to the position like Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn Jr. and Jarrett Boykin.
Unfortunately, it is hard to replace a player like Benjamin especially this close to the season. There usually isn’t top wide receivers hanging out in free agency right now. One name that has started to pop up has been Randy Moss, who has been out of the NFL the past two seasons.
On Sunday night FOX’s Curt Menefee asked about a possible return and Moss responded with, “I actually have not lost the itch. I’ve been working out with a few guys over the offseason. I have been retired for the last two years, but you never know, Curt. But it’s the love of the game that I still have inside of me.”
It certainly would make sense for the Carolina Panthers to be brought up in a discussion as a possible landing spot for Moss. Not only do they have an apparent need now with Benjamin out but also because Moss currently lives in Charlotte.
The question now is, should the Panthers reach out to Moss? Again he has not played an NFL game since 2012 and really has been a legitimate number one since 2009. That year, while a member of the New England Patriots, he caught 83 passes for 1,264 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
In 2010, he only caught 28 passes for 393 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns but that was split between the Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. In 2012, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers he had 28 receptions, 434 yards and three touchdowns.
These are not necessarily exciting numbers for a player who is currently 38-year old and has been out of the league for a few years now. And while it makes sense from a need perspective for the Panthers, the signing of high profile names is not something that the organization does.
The news of a Randy Moss return would certainly make headlines and would turn a ton of media attention on the organization but this is not how Panthers’ GM Dave Gettleman does business. Especially considering the fact that Moss cannot replicate what Kelvin Benjamin brought to this team.
The Panthers have talent at wide receiver and it would make more sense for them to keep younger guys, like Damiere Byrd or MIke Brown, to add depth and give a player like Devin Funchess or Jarrett Boykin a chance to step into the starting lineup.
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