Posted: 2:34 pm Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Brandon Marshall, Karlos Dansby want Randy Moss on the Dolphins; Brian Hartline, Will Allen don’t; Davone Bess pleads the 5th
By Post Staff
Where will star receiver Randy Moss land once he is officially waived by the Vikings?
Not even his agent, Joel Segal, knows right now.
“We’re going to let the waiver process play itself out, see who claims Randy,” Segal said Tuesday afternoon on ESPN Radio. “Obviously there’s a number of clubs who could use Randy. I don’t know at this time who it’s going to be.”
The Dolphins are certainly one team that has created a lot of buzz over the past 24 hours. Moss would be the vertical threat the offense is sorely lacking, and could potentially open up huge holes for Brandon Marshall, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown.
Now the real question is, can the Dolphins even land Moss? If (when) Moss is released today, teams will have until 4 p.m. tomorrow to claim him, and the team with the highest priority will get him and be forced to pay the balance of his $6.5 million salary (about $3.6 million). The 4-3 Dolphins currently have the 18th waiver priority, and will have to count on San Diego (10th), St. Louis (13th), Oakland (14th), Washington (15th), Seattle (16th) and Chicago (17th) not taking a chance on him.
Nevertheless, several Dolphins players were asked during Tuesday radio appearances about the possibility of adding Moss, 33, and the answers were split. In the “yes” camp were Marshall and Karlos Dansby. On the “no” side were Brian Hartline and Will Allen, who is out for the season with a knee injury. And Davone Bess took the easy way out, saying it’s up to the front office.
Let’s hear each player’s reasoning. First from the “yes” side:
WR Brandon Marshall, on WQAM:
“Let’s go. Let’s get him, let’s get him, let’s go get him. … I haven’t reached out to him, I don’t know what’s going on there. I don’t know what we’ll do, but I welcome him with open arms and I think that will be good to open things up for us receivers, Brian Hartline, DB and myself. He brings something special to the team, and he’s one of the best.”
“We have such a young group that he can teach us how to be pros and how to be better, so I would love to have him. He’s definitely one of the greats, he’s one of my top five receivers ever. But I wouldn’t compare my style of play to his, and that’s why I’m excited just to think about the opportunity to have him in the same segment room as me, because (deep routes are) a part of my game where I want to get better, and some of the things that he does great is where I need to do better.”
LB Karlos Dansby on WQAM:
“I’d love to have him. The more the merrier. I think he still has that kind of potential. If we got an opportunity to get him, why not? The more the merrier.”
Now the “no” camp.
WR Brian Hartline, on WQAM:
“Obviously he’s the same position I’m playing, but overall, as a football fan I would say no. Maybe a lot of Miami fans would not like that, but … I don’t think he’s the part we’re missing.”
“I don’t think that an addition of a Randy Moss necessarily changes our team a whole lot. If we are missing a piece, that’s not the piece we’re missing.”
CB Will Allen, on WQAM:
“Obviously he’s a great talent, but I don’t know how well he would fit in down here. We have a No. 1 receiver that we seem to try to get the ball to as much as we can. I just don’t know if bringing in another guy like that, will it take away from the chemistry they’re trying to build?”
“This part of the season, I don’t think you could bring a guy in and expect him to mesh with everybody and gel.”
Hartline did, though, give us an idea of what the Dolphins would look like with Moss:
“If he comes in, all you’re looking at all game is cover 2. You’ve got Brandon on one side, Randy on the other, and you’re going to have two high safeties the entire game, and Ricky and Ronnie should eat everyone alive.”
And Davone Bess takes the easy way out on 790 The Ticket:
“That’s for them (the front office). I’m a ballplayer and if we pick him up, we pick him up.”