The Chicago Bears Should Sign Randy Moss Now...For Real. Yes, I said it. I think they should. There are so many cons to this acquisition that it is highly doubtful that Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith would sign off on this move. Mike Martz loves his current receivers too, so I doubt he wants him. Jay Cutler should want him for obvious reasons. The Bears' "offense" needs him, despite all of his attitude and antics. Somebody before the Bears will probably claim him anyway, but here's why the Bears should make a waiver claim on Randy Moss:
- One of the most talented receivers in the NFL is available right now, no draft picks to give up, no long term salary commitments necessary. He's past his prime, but he's still better than 90% of the wideouts in the NFL.
- The Bears offense is currently ranked 29th overall and 19th with the pass. That's not good. Randy Moss is an explosive receiver. The Bears "Number 1" Receiver has 18 catches for 182 yards and 1 touchdown. That's pathetic. Johnny Knox would be even more explosive and dangerous with Randy Moss opposite him instead of Devin Hester.
- Jay Cutler loves to throw the ball and have his receivers "go up and get it". The few times Greg Olsen has made plays this season, it's been this kind of play. When Jay tries to have a receiver go up and get it; well an interception usually results. Randy Moss is REALLY good at this when he wants to be. Really good. The Bears' red zone offense is downright horrendous. Have you seen the Bears throw any fade routes near the goal line to a receiver? Me neither. Why is that? Our receivers can not do it. Randy Moss most certainly can.
- The Bears have 9 games left. 33% of those games are against the Vikings and Patriots. Both former teams of Randy Moss. If he can impact just those 3 games, he's worth it....period. The Bears path to 10 victories is dicey at best. The Vikings, Jets, Patriots, Eagles, and Packers are all more talented than the Bears, maybe even the Dolphins too. The Bears will be overachieving to win 6 of their remaining 9 games in my opinion. Moss increases the talent level on this team tremendously.
- Roughly 4 million dollars worth of salary left. It's not my money and there's no salary cap this season. This should not be a factor.
- Randy Moss is a punk. No question. So are lots of guys in the NFL. Lovie Smith and Mike Tice (Randy's former head coach who he did get along with) are well respected by players throughout the league. I think they can get some use out of Moss. Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Olin Kreutz are STRONG, veteran presences in the Bears' locker room. I have to think Randy respects them, if so, then maybe his attitude can be minimized...maybe.
- Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith and Mike Martz are all looking at the unemployment line if the Bears don't make the playoffs (at least they should be.). This move reeks of desperation. Those three guys (the entire offense really) should be desperate after ugly losses to Washington and Seattle.
- Randy doesn't always try on every play. No he doesn't. In fact he gives up on a lot of plays. That can lead to interceptions. Jay Cutler doesn't need any more help in throwing interceptions; he's good at that all on his own. That's the biggest con in bringing him to the Bears.
- Can Randy even get close to learning Mike Martz's scheme? Our receivers are still making mistakes after 9 months. Is it reasonable for Moss to be able to learn the routes, the hot reads, the complicated pre-snap shifts? I have doubts.
So in conclusion, let's go get this guy. At 4-3 and a hard schedule ahead coupled with an anemic offense (especially on 3rd down & in the redzone), having Randy Moss on your team makes you more talented. Talent wins in the NFL. Go get him, and figure out the rest as you go along.