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2014 Redskins Free Agents – Santana Moss – Buy or Sell?

2014 Redskins Free Agents.  Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss was acquired by the team in a trade with the New York Jets for Laveranues Coles in 2005.  And Moss began his tenure as a Redskin with bang, recording 84 receptions for 1,483 yards and 9 TD’s in the 2005 season.  Which would end up being the best season of his career.

But Moss’ numbers dropped off the next two seasons, as he dealt with injuries and inconsistency at quarterback with Mark Brunell and Jason Campbell.   However, his numbers increased in 2008 and 2009, as he had 149 receptions for 1,946 yards and 9 TD’s combined over the course of those two seasons.

In 2010 Moss was reported to have received HGH from a Canadian Doctor who smuggled the drug into the United States.  However, Moss denied that he used HGH, and stated he had only received routine treatments from the doctor.  It was never proven that Moss used HGH, and he received no suspension from the NFL.

Moss played in all sixteen games in 2010 and had one of his best seasons with 93 catches for 1,115 yards and 6 TD’s.  In 2011 Moss signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Redskins, and began his transition to slot receiver on offense.  He missed four games that season dealing with a hand injury, and only recorded 46 catches for 586 yards.

Moss continued as the Redskins slot receiver in 2012 and 2013, and had a combined 83 receptions for 1,025 yards and 10 TD’s over the two seasons.  In 2013 Moss created controversy when he was critical of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, stating that he should take more responsibility after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Santana Moss is now a free agent, and it remains to be seen if the Redskins will re-sign him.  Moss has led the Redskins in receiving six of the nine years he’s been with the team.  He’s been a leader, and one of the most spectacular and consistent performers the Redskins have had.  With 571 receptions for 7,751 yards, and 47 TD’s over his time with the team.

And while there is no doubt that Santana Moss has earned his place in history among the best Redskins receivers, I’m going to have to say “Sell” on Moss.  He could still be productive, but I think there are better options out there for the Redskins at slot receiver moving forward.

I don’t relish the thought of seeing him go, especially after so many years with the team.  He’s been fun to watch, and it’s been one heck of a ride, but I think it’s to move on.  So what do you think about Santana Moss?  Buy or sell?



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  • Adam Banig

    I’m buying this one bro! Moss still put up solid #s for a #3 slot wr last year – with 42 recs, 452 yds and 2tds – he also became the Redskins’ primary punt returner for the first time in his 9 year redskins career because of Richard Crawford’s knee injury and Chris Thompson/Josh Morgan’s mistakes and ineffectiveness.

    If Rg3 had been healthy all year, Moss would have had a better year. Most of Moss’ drops last year were like Morgans, on very inaccurate balls from RG3.

    His TD drop is not his fault either because the innacuracy of RG3 and little targets in the Redzone mean little td receptions for any wide receiver.

    I don’t see any slot wr being an upgrade over Moss at his likely price which should be around a 2 million base salary with incentives for him to make more.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      You make some good points Adam. And like I said, I think the Moss could put up solid numbers next season too. I just don’t think he’s very good in the slot. Especially on option routes where he needs to find the open area. The slot receiver needs to be able to do that consistently, and I don’t think Moss can. The Redskins should look for an upgrade and not settle for the status quo. It’s time to get younger and better at that position.

      • Adam Banig

        Other than signing Julian Edleman (who I don’t will be let to hit free agency by the patriots) who’s an upgrade?

        What #3 wr is going to come into DC, be only a slot wide receiver and deliver 40 to 50 catches, 500 yards and could get a hand full of tds, again as a reserves, not as a starter?

        • Maurice Barksdale

          I don’t think the Patriots are going to keep Edelman, but we’ll see. Golden Tate is out there too. I don’t think the Seahawks will keep him. But either way, the Redskins should at least wait to see what happens with those guys before they re-sign Moss. I seriously doubt teams are going to be beating down his door to sign him.

          Also, Nick Williams is an in-house option at the slot, and if they have faith in their scouting department, they could draft a replacement. But if the slot is only regarded as a #3 WR, and isn’t vital in the Redskins offense, then why do you need Santana Moss to fill it? Why not let a young player with some upside have a shot at it?

          At some point soon, Santana Moss will no longer be a Redskin. The Redskins have been predominantly a losing team while Moss has been there. So it’s not like the team can’t win without him. They may as well cut the chord and move on.

          • Adam Banig

            IMO Tate and Edleman are #2 type wrs and they’ll get paid as such. We could sign one of them for 4 or 5 million a year and re-sign Moss for 2 million.

            I love Nick Williams but I think he’s a few years from having an impact, he reminds me of a poor mans Welker ala Edleman but if he could learn one more year under Moss and primarily be a special teams player and return man, I think that would be more ideal.

            I’m not against drafting a mid to late round guy either like Abberdeis but I don’t think they’re going to be as productive as Moss right away but probably in a year after developing

          • Maurice Barksdale

            If the Redskins re-sign Santana Moss then that tells me they don’t have much confidence in their scouting department, and that they want to move forward operating from a position of fear. Fear that their scouts and their personnel department can’t find an adequate replacement for an aging receiver.

            I respect Santana Moss, but he’s not irreplaceable. If the New England Patriots can move on from the best slot receiver in the game in Wes Welker and still win, then the Redskins can surely move on without Santana Moss.

  • Adam Banig

    You can have trust in your scouting dept and make a mid or ‘ate round pick your #5 or 6 receiver or put them on your practice suad then the vet helps developmthem for one more year and helps the team

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I think it’s time to start getting the players in right now who can help the team win. Get them out there playing and learning at the same time. Santana Moss’ presence or lack there of won’t be the deciding factor as to whether the Redskins win this year or not.

      • Adam Banig

        So you don’t think the team needs a reliable veteran WR, at least through training camp after last years debacle where the passing game “sucked” as our would be leader – Garçon said after the broncos game.

        There was an unbelievable amount of finger pointing going on. Rg3 didn’t trust anyone from his coaches to his line to his wrs and his wrs had lost faith in him.

        We need to bring in young talent, but we also need our Hines Ward or Anquan Boldin. We need that vet for at least training camp.

        Moss Realky like Nick Williams, I think Moss can help develop Williams or Bellamy to learn his position

        • Maurice Barksdale

          Adam, Santana Moss has been around for 9 Redskins training camps already, and that’s resulted in 5 losing seasons out of 9. That’s a lot of losing. His presence as a veteran guarantees nothing. Except that he may take reps and a spot away from a young player who could really use them.

          But at this point I guess it wouldn’t surprise me if they did bring Moss back. The Redskins brought a good portion of the coaching staff back, which is puzzling. So they may take the same perspective for some players.

          And you bring up Anquan Boldin, but he’s already been traded twice. The Ravens traded him last season, and he’s a free agent again this off-season. There’s no guarantee the 49ers will re-sign Boldin. They’ll most likely look around first before they move to re-sign Boldin.

          The Redskins should do the same with Moss. But winning teams like the Ravens and 49ers know when it’s time to move on from veteran players. I doubt Santana Moss wouldn’t be under consideration for a contract with either of those teams. And if he were, it would probably be for a minimum contract.

  • april walker

    I’m buying Moss..I’ve agreed with you on all the others to this point..just hate to see him go!! Read they had started talking to him, does that mean they want him back? If can get him at right price? Not looking good for my choice though huh? Eric Decker!!

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I like Eric Decker, but I don’t think he’ll be a Redskin. But you never know though. And I think Moss had a great run as a Redskin, I just think it’s time to move on.

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  • David Dorman

    I love Moss, he has given this franchise more than it deserves. However, too many dropped balls and don’t forget the fumbles. He gets no separation anymore and is not a stretch the field WR anymore. How about Maclin? He’s coming off a knee injury but he’s a 4.42 or so speed, good hands, and a great route runner.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      I like Maclin, but I like Hakeem Nicks better. Especially with the Maclin’s knee injury. And I agree about Moss, but it seems some fans are letting their sentimental feelings cloud their judgment when it Moss. But this is business, not personal. Moss has had good run as a Redskins, but all good things must come to an end.