Kolb = NO Moss
Posted 03-07-2008 at 07:07 AM by Manster
While that might sound a little extreme hear me out on this first. Last year Moss was willing to take a pay cut to play for the Patriots. Heck he wanted away from the Raiders so bad he was willing to go to the Packers. He was willing to go there but was not going to take a pay cut to go there. Anyway, he had a great year with the Patriots and almost won the Super Bowl. But that was last year and this is here and now. Moss wants to win but he still wants to get paid. Last year was to show that he could be a good boy so team would be more willing to give him a big contract. So where did he want to play in ’08?
The Patriots would still be a great fit for him. They had a Quarter Back that is one of the better in the NFL. They just went 18-1 with the one loss being the Super Bowl so the team as a whole should be well motivated to do even better next year. Maybe not as many wins but at least a shot at winning the big one. The one draw back is that the Patriots are not known for paying top dollar for players.
Other teams were reported wanted to sign Moss. The Packers wanted Moss last year and were even ready to trade for him. Or should I say that Farve wanted Moss I am unsure how much Ted Thompson wanted to sign him. Dallas was willing to bring him into town. The thought of Moss and TO on the same team had Super Bowl trophies dancing in some Cowboys fans dreams. But alas Dallas has under 4 million in space and still needs to sign draft picks and their own FAs.
That brings us to the Eagles. The Eagles have been without a true #1 Wide Receiver since TO left a few years ago. While Westbrook is one of the best Running Backs at catching the ball having a true #1 WR would open the offense up for MacNabb. So that is why that they were pushing so hard to sign Moss. They even offered more money than what he got when he signed with the Patriots. So why would he turn down more money. Granted the Patriots are viewed as more likely to go back to the Super Bowl than the Eagles are, but not by much. The Patriots have had to watch player after player leave this offseason, while the Eagles have made two very nice Free Agents pick ups so far that should help their defense. Moss had to see that if he did sign with the Eagles then they would have made enough improvements that the Eagles would rate right up their with the Cowboys, Giants and Packers as the top teams in the NFC. With most people thinking that the NFC is weaker than the AFC then they would have a better chance to make it too the Super Bowl.
So why would Moss turn down the Eagles more money and equal chance to get to the Super Bowl to return to the Patriots? I think you do not have to look any farther than last years draft. The Eagles traded out of the first round and with their first pick of the draft selected Kevin Kolb a QB. This lead to all kinds talk about if and when MacNabb might be traded. The Eagles have a good history of drafting players before they are needed. This time it might have back fired on them. Moss had to look at the chance that if he signed a long term deal that MacNabb would only be there for a year maybe two at most before the unproven Kolb would take over. Moss would have not patience with a young QB when he wants so bad to win a championship.