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Randy Moss Would Not Have Played In STL?

As the Randy Moss affair continues to stir through the media around the nation more information has been trickling out.  But, very little information regarding the St. Louis Rams, who decided to pass on the talented and troubled Mr. Moss.  The Rams decided Moss was not a good fit in the St. Louis Rams offense and not a fit in the St. Louis Rams locker room.  But, was there more to it than that? Here is the Red Zone Blog on Randy Moss’s perspective:

According to John Czarnecki of, the main reason the Rams didn’t put in a claim on Moss was because the receiver wasn’t receptive to going to St. Louis. He basically told the Titans that he wanted to play there, and that’s why he’ll be reporting to Tennessee today. And the Titans needed him with Kenny Britt out 4-6 weeks.

We are virtually sure the Rams caught wind of the Moss statments that he would sit out if claimed by a team that he didn’t want to go to.  Even though there would be contract ramifications for Moss if this were to happen, it is likely the Rams have seen enough of his rants and negativity this season and felt if he had to come to St. Louis and didn’t want to be there, he would be disruptive on a young team that was finally finding its way.

From our perspective, Tennessee made it clear early on in the process that they were going to put in a waiver claim and it turned out that they were the only NFL team that put in a claim.  Other teams were lurking, hoping everyone would pass and Randy Moss would become a free agent, but why was Tennessee the only team that made a claim?

What if the Rams process of vetting Randy Moss and whether or not to make a claim on him involved discussing with people in the know to find out whether or not Moss would agree to come to St. Louis and play?  It is against the rules to discuss with a player or a representative of a player on waivers.  But, the Rams certainly could have found people who knew what Randy Moss was thinking without speaking to the wide receiver himself.

This is an interesting development because NFL players, free agents and stars are still using St. Louis as the proverbial other team, getting contract offers and while the player waits for a “winning team”.  (How did that work for you, Brian Westbrook in San Francisco?)  Back to Randy Moss, the Rams were smart to pass on Moss if he would have preferred to sit out the rest of the season without pay rather than face the embarrassment of playing for the St. Louis Rams.  Good Riddance Randy Moss.

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