This week it was reported that Santana Moss’ contract will void this coming Friday, 5 days after Super Bowl XLV. I’m sure the many of us knew that Moss was expected to be an unrestricted free agent after the year, but most of us also expected that with receiver as such a glaring position of need we would not let Moss go easily into the night. Apparently those of us who though the later were sorely mistaken, as Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Redskins do not plan to offer a contract extension to Moss and are prepared to let him walk in free agency.
Moss had a great 2010 campaign at the age of 31, totaling 93 catches (career high and 2nd all time in a season by a Redskin), 1,115 yards, and 6 touchdowns. His 442 receptions as a Redskin rank fourth-best all-time and his 6,142 career receiving yards rank fifth best in team history. He has never been a touchdown machine, only made the Pro Bowl once, and been accused by many of dropping too many balls or running out of bounds, but it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t been one of the best Redskins of the past 6 years. He never complained, practiced with the team, was all you could ask for in a teammate, returned punts when asked, and won us a few games all by himself. He was the one of those few players (Fletcher, Cooley, and Sean Taylor are the only others I can think of) on this team whose jersey you could have purchased and not eventually regretted after a disappointing DC flame out.
How could you not miss Moss if these reports are true and he really is being shown the door? We would be left with Malcolm Kelly, Armstrong, and Roydell Williams as our three receiver set… and we thought last year was bad…
Some teammates want him back too, Brandon Banks tweeted earlier today (re-tweeted by Terrance Austin):
Please get #89 a contract! Almost like danny smith tryna leave the team!! He one of my all-time favorite players and showed me the ropes when I got to dc
One thing is for sure, we are certainly going to miss him against the Cowboys…Santana Moss owns the Cowboys
I hear Peyton Manning and Tom Brady might be looking for new deep threats. Good Luck Santana, Redskins nation will miss you.