Moss Claimed by Titans
by Associated Press
November 03, 2010 6:39 PM
The Titans claimed Moss off the waiver wire Wednesday, choosing not to take any risks with receiver Kenny Britt missing at least one game with an injured right hamstring.
If Moss were to change his mind and doesn't report, Tennessee would send him a five-day letter and at the end of that five days, they would have the right to put him on the Reserve/Left Squad list. Then, he would be out for the remainder of the season. Moss' status for next season would then be determined by terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.
The Titans were No. 22 in the waiver claim order, which is determined by 2010 win-loss records. Tennessee was the only team to submit a claim for Moss. Tennessee, then the Oilers, drafted Kevin Dyson with the 16th pick overall in 1998. They passed on Moss and said then it was because of concerns about his character. "Randy has had a terrific career. He's a Hall of Fame receiver. You don't always make the right decision," Fisher said. "The draft is an imperfect science. We've had No. 1's that haven't panned out for us before."
Now the Titans are 5-3, a half-game back in the AFC South with five divisional games remaining down the stretch. They were the only team to put in a claim on Moss, even though they ranked 23rd among NFL teams in the waiver system. Fisher said in a statement after the Titans were awarded Moss that the receiver offered an opportunity to upgrade their offense.
"Randy has been a tremendous threat where ever he has been," Fisher said. "We will bring him up to speed as quickly as possible."
Chris Johnson had been lobbying for the Titans to pick up Moss as well. Johnson shares the same agent as Moss and had been telling Segal how much he wanted the receiver in Tennessee. "Why do we need Randy Moss?" Johnson said Wednesday, before the move was announced. "You can't put eight in a box if you got Randy Moss out there on the outside. If you've got Randy Moss out there, you just can't play him one-on-one. I feel like Randy would be a great addition to this team, be a great addition to our receiving group and really help us go deep in the playoffs."
Nate Washington said before the waiver deadline that he didn't think the Titans needed Moss, defending the group of young receivers who have been working hard. He said Moss would be welcomed, but Washington is the receiver most likely to slide out of a starting spot once Britt's hamstring heals up.
This move will allow the Titans to put the 6-foot-4 Moss on one side with the 6-3 Britt on the other.
"I welcome him with open hands," Britt said. "It's a guy I can learn from being another receiver ... and he can definitely help with our offense."
Moss is a relative bargain due about $3.34 million for the final eight games this season. He easily brings the best resume of any receiver for this team since leaving Houston. He has 948 career receptions for 14,778 yards and 153 touchdowns, though his numbers have dipped drastically this season in his stints first with New England and then Minnesota.