Randy Moss Reunion with Mike Tice Makes Sense for Chicago Bears

Randy Moss would like to make a return to the NFL in 2012 and a reunion in Chicago with his former head coach Mike Tice makes all the sense in the world.  Before you click away from this post, hear me out.  It’s not as crazy as it seems.

NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert alludes to some reasons that Moss to the Bears makes sense and he’s right.

Moss requires structure and a strong locker room to keep him in check.  With Lovie Smith in charge and veterans like Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers and Roberto Garza, they’ll keep him in line.

Jay Cutler has the arm to keep feeding the hungry wide receiver with enough bombs to keep him satisfied.  He’s the “go up and get it guy” that Cutler has dreamed about since he left the Rocky Mountains in his rear view mirror.

When you consider motivation, the 35 year old Moss, who was out of football for the 2011 season, should be plenty motivated to prove to the league that he’s still got “it.”  He’s thrived with Tice early in his career, combining for 217 catches and 24 touchdowns while playing for Tice in Minnesota.  Tice, now the Bears’ offensive coordinator, knows how to manage Moss and put him in a position to succeed.

Naysayers will point to his lack of productivity in his checkered final season in 2010, where he split time between the Patriots, Vikings and Titans.  In those 16 games he had 28 catches for nearly 400 yards and 5 touchdowns.  That would immediately make him the second most productive wide receiver set to be on the Bears 2012 roster, behind injured Johnny Knox for catches and yardage and the same number of touchdowns as tight end Kellen Davis.

The Bears need to explore all options when it comes to fortifying their wide receiver corp.  Even if they get Moss, they need to go draft a receiver and explore the free agent market for serviceable options.  In my world, you have Earl Bennett locked into a spot in the wide receiver group.  Hester should focus on returns and provide a change of pace as a gadget player who comes in for 4 and 5 wide sets.  You can’t count on Knox being ready to go in 2012 while he’s recovering from a devastating back injury.  Sam Hurd will be behind bars and Roy Williams will be asking “would you like fries with that” the next time the Bears take meaningful snaps.  If it’s a matter of Moss competing with Dane Sanzenbacher for the last wide receiver spot, I’ll take Moss.

While Seifert thinks this move makes sense, he also doesn’t think the Bears will be willing to pull the trigger.

In short, the Bears are in a good position to understand what Moss is –and what he probably isn’t. For lack of a better term, Moss has been a pathological contrarian for his entire NFL career. He has undermined every coach he’s played for, and to think otherwise now would be to suggest he has made a 180-degree personality change.

What do you think?  Is it worth the risk for the Bears to take a flier on Moss?  Can he provide Cutler with that big target that he needs?  Does he have anything left in the tank?


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  • Bearsfan187

    @bearsbuzztap} Mike Martz and Roy Williams made since too. We saw how that worked out. Need a #1 he’s not that anymore

  • vrquinton

    He couldn’t be any worse then Roy Williams, that’s for sure!

  • UCF_Bear

    Sorry but I have to vehemently disagree. True Moss couldn’t be any worse than Roy Williams. But the last thing we need is another player at the end of their heyday. If Desean Jackson is off the market, draft in the 2nd rd. I’m starting to warm up to Nick Toon from Wisconsin. I’m not sold on the Micheal Floyd from Notre Dame idea either. But back to the subject at hand. If it’s a veteran presence they need, make a play for Brandon Marshall or someone heading into their prime. Don’t experiment unless you get moss for the baseline player salary. Then it’s not that much of a risk, but still will take reps away from developmental talent.

  • chi34bearfan

    @bearsbuzztap Moss..maybe as a good #2, but the Bears need to go out and get a Vincent Jackson type for #1…Moss wouldn’t be the fix it all

  • viperfan577

    Help ya give him a chance comparing moss to Williams is a terrible example …Williams never was a great reciever give this guy a chance!

  • viperfan577

    Hell ya give him a chance comparing moss to Williams is a terrible example …Williams never was a great reciever give this guy a chance!

  • JerryRichardson

    I would sign him to a base salary filled with catch and TD incentives, low risk financialy and could possibly be agreat temporay fix as #2 reciever with Bennett and then make a strong play to acquire Bowe or Jackson in free agency. If Moss still has the gas in the tank to play at a high level, he is without doubt still capable of putting up a 1,000 yd, 16 TD season, ifhe does not have the gas to go every down, he would still make a great clutch reciever and red zone reciever. There is alot of positives Moss could teach Bennett, Knox and Sanzabacher….and I believe Sanze could develope into a very good #2 or #3 reciever with some coaching nd veteran help.

  • Mr.Pickles

    Not sure I really like this idea. I feel like this might be a combination of bad moves from last year, a veteran receiver on the decline AND a Belichick cast off (which is a kiss of death in my opinion). On the other hand though he is freakishly athletic and probably one of the all time greats at WR. Depending on the price he’s probably worth a one year deal. Normally I’d say how much damage can he do to a locker room in one year; however, it only took him 4 games to get a one way ticket out of Minnesota. I doubt he’d be much of a teacher so he’s really just a hired mercenary, and should be a last resort.

    Of all the likely free agent options I think Vincent Jackson makes the most sense. He’s the “go up and get it” kinda guy we need, he wants out of San Diego, and Cutler gets to stick it to Rivers a bit.

  • BearGogglesOn

    Let me be clear to address a few comments/tweets in one shot. I am not suggesting that the Bears sign Moss and do nothing else. If they go with Moss, I think they also need to draft a WR and also look for another FA. Everyone wants VJax, so the price will be high. If the Bears go with a few lesser guys, they might have a few bucks to spend to upgrade O-line, CB, DE, etc.

  • http://www.beardownone.blogspot.com/ Beardownone

    No way now how. This would be a typical Chicago move. I.E. Roy Williams, Rick Mier, Kordel Stewret the list goes on and on. Nobody wanted Moss last year for a reason. First he is 35 second he is a one trick pony if he loses his speed he has nothing else to offer. The Bears need to act less like the Bears and more like the Patriots or more correctly te Eagles. We have the cap space this year use it. On top of if ones available take a receiver with the top pick. There are a lot of top free agents at many positions for the taking go after your needs while building from within.

  • TomTucker

    Sign him now why are we debating this ?