Curran: No Moss in Patriots' future

Curran: No Moss in Patriots' future
May 12, 2011, 4:12 pm
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By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
Last May, Randy Moss jettisoned his longtime agent Tim DiPiero. The logic, Moss explained, was that he believed a new agent would help him maximize his off-field earning power. "To all the agents out there, I am a free man!" Moss told IanRapoport ofThe Boston Herald. "I am looking for a new agent. I got this football thing under control, but going into my 13th year in the league, Im still marketable. "Im looking for an agent thats going to get me out there with my marketing ability," Moss added."I can shoot commercials. Thats what Im looking for right now that off-the-field money. I really wasnt into commercials, because I wanted to concentrate on one objective, being a better football player year-in and year-out. Now, late in my career, Im still thinking I have some marketing opportunities out there. I need an agent or agency thats going to get out there and find those business deals off the field.Turned out, he didn't really have the football thing under control. And that meant that, even though he hired the very successful Joel Segal in July to represent him, Moss has neither the football nor the off-the-field money he was looking for. It's been a stunning turn for the likely Hall of Famer and it's got to be considered a longshot for Moss to ever be more than a spare part with some team. He's just too dangerous to build around. And the mindset articulated above is proof of that. Earlier this week, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network theorized that a chastened Moss might be returning to New England. The truth is, Moss' 2010 resume makes him radioactive. A year after catching 83 passes for 1,264 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns, he caught just 28 balls for 393 yards and five touchdowns. After the Patriots had had enough of Moss, they traded him to Minnesota and he became the leaking gasoline truck that blew up Brad Childress' tenure there. One team claimed him on waivers - the Titans. Moss caught six balls in eight games, gave tepid effort and - while he isn't the reason Jeff Fisher's no longer Tennessee's coach - Moss contributed to the Tennessee malaise that led to Fisher's departure. Moss' main concern isn't playing football, it's making money. And anyone who's been listening for the last decade has heard Bill Belichick lob the praise "football is important to him" realizes how ill-fitting Randy Moss would be here. Never mind the fact that, after the Jets game last year, quarterback Tom Brady basically froze Moss out for his final two games in New England. Brady was tired of throwing picks on balls intended for Moss (he threw two against the Jets; he had just two more the rest of the regular season). Moss could say all the right things and make all the promises. But in the end, he's too dangerous to employ. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran