Randy Moss said goodbye to the 49ers on Sunday but the 36-year-old receiver reportedly wants to play one more year for a contender.
Would the Vikings make sense?
Members of the 49ers believe Moss will try to play one more season for a Super Bowl contender. The Vikings finished 10-6 last season despite being without wide out Percy Harvin for the tail part of the season.
Harvin is reportedly unhappy about the team’s passing game, raising speculation that he is seeking a trade. Meanwhile, general manager Rick Spielman says he has no intention of trading Harvin.
Does it make sense to keep an unhappy Harvin on the roster?
Harvin built a friendship with Moss during Randy’s brief return to the team in 2010. Harvin was upset when the Vikings released Moss that season and told reporters then that he would keep in contact with future Hall-of-Famer.
“We’re friends and we’ll remain friends The things he taught me I’ll continue to use that to elevate my game,” Harvin said via the Star Tribune. “The only thing that’s changed is we’re not teammates but we’re still in contact.”
If Minnesota reunited Harvin with Moss, not only would the team be upgrading the receiving corps, they could potentially change Harvin’s attitude of the offense. In Randy’s one season with the 49ers, he finished with 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns with limited snaps—not bad for a 36-year-old that sat out the previous season.
What about Randy’s strained relationship with the Vikings?
The strained relationship was really only between former head coach Brad Childress and Moss. Childress was the driving force behind Randy’s release—not Spielman and ownership.
Randy’s overall attitude has changed after sitting out a year and was drama-free in his time with the 49ers. Another media rampage from him—a la 2010 post-game press conference following Vikings-Patriots game—would be unlikely.
With Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen and Kevin Williams in the tail-end of their careers, the Vikings are ready to win now with MVP Adrian Peterson. This upcoming season could also be a window of opportunity since the NFC North could be weaker, as there are reports of key Packers players likely being—or already—released.
The free-agent market for wide-receivers could be very pricy, whereas Moss would be more affordable. Moss signed a one-year $2.5 million deal last season with San Francisco.
Drafting a wide receiver such as Keenan Allen could improve the team’s passing game, but the team can’t rely on improving their passing game on just a rookie receiver. Pairing a talented rookie receiver with Moss and Harvin would surely boost a passing game.
What better ending to a Hall-of-Fame career than to return to the team you started with, and hopefully, walk away with a championship ring.