The Tennessee Titans were awarded wide receiver Randy Moss off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.
Standing 22nd in the pecking order, the Titans claimed the mercurial wide receiver, who was let go by the Vikings after only a month on the team. He was acquired from the New England Patriots on Oct. 3.
The move carries a certain bit of irony in that the Titans passed on Moss because of character issues in the 1998 draft and made Kevin Dyson the first receiver chosenin that draft.
"Randy is going to be a great fit. He is excited about coming back and getting back to playing football," Moss' agent Joel Segal said.
Running back Chris Johnson and safety Michael Griffin, who tweeted Monday that the Titans needed Moss, got their wish on Wednesday as Tennessee grabbed the former Marshall star. The Titans were the only team to submit a claim for Moss.
“You can't play eight in the box if you've got Randy Moss out there on the outside,” Johnson said. “If you've got Randy Moss out there, you just can't play him one-on-one. I feel like Randy will be a great addition to this team and be a great addition to our receiver group and really help us to go deep in the playoffs.”
Griffin, too, said Moss was high on his wish list, especially with Kenny Britt indefinitely with a hamsring injury.
“I'd like to have him on the team,” he said before the claim became official. “With Kenny Britt being down and not knowing how long he'll be out for. It's wishful thinking, him being a deep threat guy and all. I'm pretty sure the coaches are going to do what they have to do to put us in the best position.”
Johnson said he has been lobbying the Titans to acquire Moss.
“I've been telling Coach Fisher and Coach [Mike] Heimerdinger and all them,” Johnson said. “They know how I feel about the situation.”
While Moss has worn out his welcome in Minnesota (twice), New England and Oakland, one former teammate, quarterback Kerry Collins, said Moss was extremely professional when they were together with the Raiders in 2005.
“I like Randy,” Collins said. “Randy, when I was with him was professional. He's a smart guy and obviously extremely talented. Defenses have to pay a lot of attention to him. From that standpoint, he would be a great addition to our team.”
Asked why now and not then on Moss, Fisher said Moss has proven himself beyond the issues that haunted him coming out of Marshall 12 years ago.
“Our personnel department felt like Kevin Dyson was a better fit,” Fisher said. “Randy's had a terrific career. He's a Hall of Fame receiver, and you don't always make the right decisions. When you draft, it's an imperfect science. We've had No. 1s that didn't work out.”
The Titans will be on the hook for 9/17ths of Moss' $6.4 million remaining salary for 2010 or roughly $3.39 million.
With a bye week, the Titans also have a few extra days to get Moss indoctrinated into their offensive system.
“We had an opportunity to upgrade our offense and Randy has been a tremendous threat where ever he has been," Fisher said. "We will bring him up to speed as quickly as possible.”
Moss has 22 receptions for 313 yards this season for the Patriots and Vikings
He has 948 career receptions for 14,778 yards and 153 touchdowns.
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