second tour of duty with the Minnesota Vikings
did not go nearly as well as the first did, sadly, and it looks as if the reunion is already over. The Vikings placed Moss on waivers at 1 pm today, meaning any team has a chance to claim him for the remainder of his current 2010 salary. (Worst record gets first crack at him.) If no team claims him through the waiver process Moss will become a free agent and the Vikings will be on the hook for the rest of his salary.
Of course, with such a high-profile player heading for the open market (or at least a somewhat open market), the rumor mill is cranking away, spitting out names of teams thought to be interested in Moss' services. The Rams, of course, being a bit on the thin side at the wide receiver position (and thin is being polite; I thought describing them as anorexic at the wide receiver position might not go over well), have been listed high among the ranks of possible landing spots.
So how likely would it be really for the Rams to look at bringing in Randy Moss? Well, he certainly would fill a need for this team. The Rams may be in more desperate need of another wideout, particularly one of the deep threat variety, than virtually any other team in football. Donnie Avery
began the year atop the receiver depth chart, and we won't see him until 2011. Mark Clayton
was brought in during the preseason and did an outstanding job until tearing his ACL. He'll be back in 2011, too. Danario Alexander
looked extremely promising in his one and only game appearance, but it doesn't look like he's going to be able to keep his knee in one piece.
Currently Danny Amendola is the Rams' number one option at receiver, and as much as I love Amendola his role really shouldn't be as your top threat. I like Brandon Gibson as a possession guy, but he's really a number three. Laurent Robinson shouldn't be on the field. Let's face it: the Rams' receiver situation is dire.
Moss would immediately present a deep-ball threat the Rams have really only had on the field for the one game Alexander was healthy and playing. He certainly isn't the Randy Moss of old, but there is still plenty of physical talent left there. So yes, he would fit very well on this team in terms of adding a wide receiver.
Unfortunately, that's only half the story with Moss. Personally, I've never seen him as the same cancer in the clubhouse a guy like Terrell Owens is; Moss is plenty antisocial in his own way, of course, but he doesn't rip apart teams with his antics the way T.O. has in the past. At the same time I say that, though, it's also very true Moss is far less than an ideal citizen most of the time. When he's happy and motivated Moss is one of the greatest receivers to ever strap on a helmet. When he's pouting and dissatisfied, Moss has proven in the past he is willing to quit on a team.
Personally, as much as I wish the Rams could find some sort of receiver upgrade this season, I just don't think Moss would be a very good idea. Steve Spagnuolo and the rest of his staff finally have this club pointed in the right direction; I don't know the potential strife of having a discontented Randy Moss in the locker room would be worth what he might bring on the field.
The Rams aren't a title contender this year. They're a much better team than in the past, but are really only in contention in the NFC West because of their weak schedule and the general awfulness of the division. They seem to have a good locker room. All the players are pulling in the same direction. Bringing in Randy Moss isn't going to put them over the hump, but it could very well set this team back to have a malcontent hanging around the young players.
So yes, to answer the question posed in the title, Randy Moss could be a fit for the Rams. Whether he would be a good enough fit to offset all the baggage he's carrying along with him is another question, though. And on that count I just don't think he would be.