Redskins Moss' future not entirely in his hands

Redskins Moss' future not entirely in his hands
December 26, 2013, 8:45 am
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Would separation of powers be good for Skins?

Before announcing his 99-percent-certain retirement last week, London Fletcher would occasionally talk to reporters at length about the decision-making process he would go through during the offseason to figure out if he was going to come back for another season. Such talks were an interesting look inside Fletcher’s mind.

Santana Moss, the senior player on the other side of the ball, is not offering any such insight. If he is considering retiring, or even contemplating thinking about hanging up jersey No. 89 for the last time, he isn’t talking about it.

“All I’m thinking about right now is the Giants,” he said on Tuesday. “We’ll handle that when we handle that.”

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Certainly Moss will have a lot to handle after the clock hits 0:00 at Met Life Stadium. Not all of the decisions will be in his hands. His contract with the Redskins is up and it is no sure thing that he will be offered another one. His chances might be better in the unlikely event that Mike Shanahan returns as head coach. A new coaching staff could well look for a younger slot receiver.

Moss will be 35 before next season starts and if he does want to continue to play he might have to wait it out for a while. His phone is unlikely to be ringing when free agency kicks off at 4 p.m. on March 11.

But that doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be any demand for his services if he wants to continue to play. In an offense that hasn’t always hit on all cylinders this year, he has 40 receptions for 439. That’s not going to earn a Pro Bowl nod but many teams would be happy to take such production from their fourth WR.

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It isn’t hard to envision Moss going to an immediate Super Bowl contender like the Patriots or Broncos to have a chance at a ring or perhaps finishing up his career with his hometown Dolphins.