It’s likely that similar stories were being written in 31 NFL cities across the country Monday.
Following Randy Moss’ impending release by the Minnesota Vikings, reporters, columnists, bloggers and the rest all discussed the merits of the team they follow signing the mercurial superstar.
And they’re not the only ones.
“I would venture to say that … maybe 30 head coaches will be having that discussion,” Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Monday at his weekly press briefing. “… We’re always interested in upgrading the football team, and these kinds of things come up all the time.
“I’m sure they’ll be some discussion here [Monday] evening.”
For the Titans, any such conversation would be particularly timely, given the fact that wide receiver Kenny Britt, the team’s most athletic receiver and best deep threat this season, sustained a significant hamstring injury in Sunday’s 33-25 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Fisher did not offer detailed test results but reiterated his assertion of a day earlier that Britt likely would miss several weeks, at least. The Titans are off this Sunday and return to action Nov. 14 at Miami.
Britt currently leads the team with 23 receptions, 434 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions.
“We’re still doing the studies,” Fisher said. “He has a hamstring [injury], and we’re going to treat it aggressively, and we’ll have more information after we return from the off weekend.”
Any team that wants to add Moss first must make a waiver claim on him, once he is placed on waivers. The waiver period lasts 24 hours, but reports Monday afternoon were that the Vikings had not filed the necessary paperwork to start that process.
If a player goes unclaimed during the waiver period, he becomes a free agent.
Minnesota traded a third-round draft pick to New England to acquire Moss after Week 4. He caught 13 passes in four games for the Vikings but was critical of his new team following a loss Sunday at New England.
Titans players immediately supported the idea of adding Moss publicly through their Twitter accounts, as well as privately.
“I’ve had every player in the building come to my back door and say, ‘Go get him, go get him,’ ” Fisher said.
The Titans, of course, had a chance to draft Moss back in 1998. They instead made Kevin Dyson the first wide receiver selected that year when they took him with the 16th overall selection.
Since then, they have drafted one other wide receiver in the first round — Britt (30th overall in 2009) — and five others within the first three rounds. Many, such as Tyrone Calico (second round, 2003), Courtney Roby and Brandon Jones (third round, 2005) and Paul Williams (fourth round, 2007), failed to pan out.
In his 12 full NFL seasons, Moss averaged 77.2 receptions. He also never has averaged fewer than 12 yards per reception for a season.
“I’d say it’s quite unique,” Fisher said. “You don’t give up up a third-round pick for somebody to come in and help you win and then just release him.
“… We may have a 30-second conversation, we may go to the midnight hour on it.”