Woody Johnson did nothing to douse the latest Randy Moss rumors.
In an interview with NFL.com at last week's owners meetings in Indianapolis, Johnson spoke highly of the talented, and at times, troubled wideout that Darrelle Revis once famously called a "slouch."
"There's no question that Randy Moss has the capability, has the God-given talent to be a superstar, and he has been a superstar, particularly with the Patriots," the Jets owner said. "That's about all I can say about him, other than I admire his skill and what he's accomplished during those years."
Rumors tying a possible marriage between Moss and the Jets first began earlier in the offseason, when Rex Ryan was asked for his thoughts on the soon-to-be free agent who played for the Patriots, Vikings and Titans last season.
“Randy Moss, I’ve said all along, is a great vertical receiver,’’ Ryan said in March at the owners meetings. “And you have to roll coverage. Most teams would have to roll coverage to him. We never did, but we got burned for a touchdown. But he was a weapon. A vertical weapon down the field.’’
The Jets, as you are aware, have three free agent wide receivers in Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, and GM Mike Tannenbaum has repeatedly said he wants to re-sign both Holmes and Edwards.
But going after Moss would be a risky move for the Jets, and his name is likely being tossed around as a bit of leverage in case the contract demands of either Edwards or Holmes turn out to be something more than the Jets are willing to pay.
During an interview with the NFL Network last week, Mark Sanchez didn't exactly wax poetic when asked about the possibility of adding Moss.
“Whoever they bring in they obviously assume will help our team,” Sanchez said. “We’re trying to bring in guys with good attitudes who are excited to play ball. If that’s what Randy is all about, it would be fun for all of us. We’ll see what happens.”
“You saw him early in the season last year play really well,” he added. ”He’s been great with Tom Brady, and has a lot of big-game experience. I’m sure he still has some big catches left in him. Any type of deep threat like that in a big, tall target is always a good addition for your team.”
Mi dos centavos: the Jets should stay far, far away from Moss.