Randy Moss was compelling personality during his record-setting NFL career, not just for what he said but what he didn't.
While Moss had his share of comments that turned into catchphrases -- His "straight-cash, homey" is the NFL-cool equivalent of Rasheed Wallace's "ball don't lie" in the NBA -- and fascinating rants, few would have projected a media career for the receiver who played for the Patriots from 2007-2010.
He was fascinating when he talked. But it wasn't often.
Now, he's apparently about to get paid -- probably not in straight cash -- to do just that. As first reported by ProFootballTalk.com, Moss is close to a deal with Fox Sports to become an NFL analyst for the network.
According to the report, Moss, who played for the NFC champions 49ers last season, is expected to be a part of the NFL programming on Fox Sports 1, the presumed challenger to ESPN that launches Aug. 17.
Hiring Moss, who had 50 touchdowns in 52 games with the Patriots, including a record 23 receiving TDs in 2007, is a bold move for Fox. He's always been a good talker on the rare occasions when the mood struck. Now that he's getting paid to do it, he could be a star if he commits to succeeding.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.