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Should the Patriots hang on to Moss?

Posted by Albert Breer  September 15, 2010 01:16 PM

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Randy Moss is now on record saying that he wants to remain a Patriot, and our Steve Silva was there in Boston yesterday to chronicle an appearance that he made and get more of his feelings.

So the question then becomes ... Should the Patriots give Moss an extension? Let's forget all the mind games, and whether all the bluster has anything to do with any of that and get down to brass tax.

Three years ago, while covering the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning News, I wrote a story on Terrell Owens' 2007 season, which was historically prolific for a 34-year-old receiver. At the bottom of that story, there's a chart that details how Hall of Famers did at that age, and the history wasn't good. Moss turns 34 in February, so the subject is pertinent now. Here is a revised version -- With the Top 20 all-time receivers (Update 2:30 p.m.: Yes, I know Gonzalez is a tight end and Center was a fullback) listed, and how each did at 34:

1) Jerry Rice, 49ers (1996): 108 rec., 1254 yds., 8 TD
2) Marvin Harrison, Colts (2006): 95 rec., 1366 yds., 12 TD
3) Cris Carter, Vikings (1999): 90 rec., 1241 yds., 13 TD
4) Tim Brown, Raiders (2000): 76 rec., 1128 yds., 9 TD
5) Isaac Bruce, Rams (2006): 74 rec., 1098 yds., 3 TD
6) Terrell Owens, Cowboys (2007): 81 rec., 1355 yds., 15 TD
7) Tony Gonzalez, Falcons (2010): n/a
8) Andre Reed, Bills (1998): 63 rec., 795 yds., 5 TD
9) Art Monk, Redskins (1991): 71 rec., 1049 yds., 8 TD
10) Randy Moss, Patriots (2011): n/a
11) Torry Holt, free agent (2010): n/a
12) Hines Ward, Steelers (2010): n/a
13) Keenan McCardell, Chargers (2004): 31 rec., 393 yds., 1 TD
14) Derrick Mason, Ravens (2008): 80 rec., 1037 yds., 5 TD
15) Jimmy Smith, Jaguars (2003): 54 rec., 805 yds., 4 TD
16) Muhsin Muhammad, Bears (2007): 40 rec., 570 yds., 3 TD
17) Irving Fryar, Eagles (1996): 88 rec., 1195 yds., 11 TD
18) Rod Smith, Broncos (2004): 79 rec., 1144 yds., 7 TD
19) Larry Centers, Bills (2002): 43 rec., 388 yds, 0 TD
20) Steve Largent, Seahawks (1988): 39 rec., 645 yds, 2 TD


It's worth mentioning, too, that Harrison, Bruce, Owens and Monk fell off significantly at 35, which would be the second year of a Moss extension. Conversely, Jimmy Smith bounced back. So is it worth signing Moss up? Is he more like Rice or Owens? Feel free to chime in down in the comments section.
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