As we all know, Randy Moss has been kicked to the curb by the Minnesota Vikings and will be looking for a new place to call home. If the Dolphins were to give up a 3rd Round Pick in next years draft for a player and then cut him after only a couple of games, we would all be up in arms!
Quite a few of us have already discussed whether the Dolphins should put a claim in for #81 but it might be worth looking at a list of Pros and Cons as well as past experience in this situation.
Pros for Randy Moss:
1.) #81 knows the AFC East - Pure and simple he likes the AFC East where he's done well but he'd also like to be on a team that's winning, unlike the Vikings who are on a sinking ship.
2.) #81 would instantly open up the deep ball for Chad Henne. Chunk yardage would be obtainable and screens might actually work since the safeties would have to play deeper.
3.) The Dolphins picked up Richie Incognito and so far things have been quiet even though everyone said he'd be causing huge penalties for them (knock on wood :)
4.) #81 would provide information about the Patriots to us and provide another headache when playing the Jets this season. Plus, with Fitzpatrick going deep nonstop, we might need the ability to stretch the field on occasion and #81 provides that.
5.) #81 is a proven commodity and he even has a home in Boca Raton, making his transition easier to the Dolphins. There's no place like home right?
6.) There is a reduced risk since no Draft Picks involved. The Vikings paid the price, if Moss doesn't work out then it's a simple process in paper work and he's gone.
7.) Instead of Sparano doing the Field Goal Fist Pump, it could be changed to the TD Fist Pump!
Cons for Randy Moss:
1.) #81 does tend to lose interest and stops playing at his fullest level. However, would Brandon Marshall be able to provide a spark of competition to Randy Moss?
2.) #81 could end up doing press conferences about how much he loves the Patriots for the rest of the season.
3.) #81 would end up taking a player away from our roster that might prove better in the long term.
4.) #81 would take playing time away from Hartline / Bess, but might also give Bess more slot options where he tends to excel.
5.) #81 is aging and will only be around for 1 or 2 more seasons at the most....
6.) #81 could end up being a distraction to our team and cause problems and the Dolphins could lose focus...
7.) Instead of Field Goal Fist Pumps, Sparano might be resorted to 3 & Out Fist Pumps because of poor play from #81.
As the title of this post suggests, I think the Dolphins would be better to stay focused and keep rolling along without Moss, but I thought it'd be interesting to see how many Pros and Cons we could put together and whether one outweighs the other.....
*Add Pros or Cons in your comments and I will update them!