We've all heard the speculation. We've seen him wearing a Phillies baseball cap after his prison release. He's mentioned he'd love to play in Philly, and Mike Vick supports the idea. All the local media and a large portion of the fan base seem to think Philadelphia is the logical landing spot. Now of course, none of us have any idea what the Eagles are planning whenever the league finally opens for business.
I think it makes more sense. Both guys are 34, but Moss doesn't have to overcome a two year absence. Everyone knows that it took Mike Vick a full season back to regain his elite skills, and he wasn't 34 at the time. I don't see the situation being any different with Burress. And Burress has never been known to be a hard worker off the field, so if I'm Philly, I pass on him.
Now we get to Moss. While I think his best games are behind him, I think he can offer more than Burress can at this point in his career. In his prime, this guy was perhaps the fastest player in the NFL. So even with a step lost, he's still going to be faster than most NFL players. I always think back to when Darrell Green supposedly "lost" a step, but for him that meant he ran a 4.3 instead of a 4.2. And picture DeSean, Maclin, and Moss all lined up at the same time. It would be nearly impossible for a defense to double any one of them, and there will be many plays where Randy would be running routes against the nickel corner. And seriously, how many teams' third corners are going to be able to able to handle Randy Moss, even at age 34? Its really a nice thought.
So economics aside, if I'm going to take a chance on a troubled receiver whose career is at a crossroads, I'd give my money to Moss. He can be a headache, but he'd only be here a short time anyway. I still maintain that the Eagles don't really need another receiver, but if Andy wants to spoil Vick with a new toy...hey why not?