UPDATE: RANDY MOSS IS A TENNESSEE TITAN.
We should have done this yesterday, but for those of you pining to find out where Randy Moss will end up, provided he's claimed on waivers by teams before 4 PM EST on Wednesday, here's a little breakdown of the waiver wire order, plus some pithy chatter about whether each team will claim him.
The order is based on current NFL standings (and thusly probably similar to your fantasy football league), with worst record (the Bills) having first priority and best record (the Patriots) having last priority. Strength of schedule is the tiebreaker and if there's a tie after that, the teams flip a coin. If it lands on it's side, the coaches have a steel cage death match.
Update (12:24): It appears as if we can take the 49ers, Seahawks and Jets off the list of interested teams. Per sources and whatnot.
Update (2:00): Moss reportedly might sit out the entire season if he doesn't like the team who claims him. Somehow, this isn't shocking, right?
Update (2:40): The forgotten Shawne Merriman (same rules apply below) might be claimed by the Buffalo Bills. REALLY.
Update (3:15): Pete Carroll confirms via the Seahawks that Seattle did not put in a claim for Moss, while Todd Haley said he would not be interested in working with Moss "at this time" per Kent Babbe of the KC Star.
Update (3:45): The Titans have reportedly put in a claim for Moss.
Update (3:50): Jay Glazer of Fox Sports "is hearing" the Rams have NOT put in a claim for Moss.
Interest in Moss?
|1||Bills||0-7||.667||Absolutely not on Moss, who's already says he only wants to play for a winner.|
|2||Panthers||1-6||.519||Have a need for a WR, but money and lack of contention outweigh that.|
|3||Cowboys||1-6||.558||Too much drama in Big D already, even though Jerry's always eyed Randy.|
|4||49ers||2-6||.508||Nice pairing with Crabtree maybe, but drama's already an issue in the bay.|
|5||Bronocs||2-6||.567||Passing game is already fine, and Josh McDaniels is a 'character' guy.|
|6||Lions||2-5||.538||Youth movement + elite Calvin Johnson + highly paid Nate Burleson = No.|
|7||Vikings||2-5||.549||BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry, hold on ... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ahh.|
|8||Bengals||2-5||.571||The "three amigos" story is outstanding but not enough balls. To go around.|
|9||Browns||2-5||.640||Cleveland needs the wideout help, but being out of contention negates the need.|
|10||Chargers||3-5||.583||My dark horse because of need, but Norv and Moss have bad Oakland history.|
|11||Cardinals||3-4||.566||Have Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston and need a QB before a WR.|
|12||Jaguars||4-4||.424||Jags could theoretically use a deep threat but he's not a Wayne Weaver guy.|
|13||Rams||4-4||.441||The literal Vegas fave, because of need, Sam Bradford's talent and playoff push.|
|14||Raiders||4-4||.443||Even the way Moss dogged it for Raiders, they'd look, but why mess with happy?|
|15||Redskins||4-4||.518||If the player has any name value at all, Daniel Snyder's franchise is in the mix.|
|16||Seahawks||4-3||.407||No one can throw the deep ball, but Seattle certainly needs the help at WR.|
|17||Bears||4-3||.431||Haven't chased veteran WRs in the past, but Moss could help here.|
|18||Dolphins||4-3||.500||"Strongly considering" it, a deep threat makes Fins dangerous & blocks Pats|
|19||Eagles||4-3||.500||DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are plenty talented already, thanks.|
|20||Texans||4-3||.545||Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver in football -- no need to bother.|
|21||Packers*||5-3||.439||Packers have wide receiver injuries, but if they wouldn't pursue a RB, why Moss?|
|22||Saints*||5-3||.439||Defending champs have plenty of firepower without trying to disrupt chemistry.|
|23||Titans||5-3||.467||Kenny Britt's hamstring injury looks bad, so this is a definite possibility.|
|24||Chiefs||5-2||.385||IF he falls this far, Matt Cassel, Moss & Scott Pioli have worked together.|
|25||Bucs||5-2||.431||Youth movement and cost wouldn't warrant the Bucs taking a gamble here.|
|26||Ravens**||5-2||.440||Ravens already have plenty of talent at the WR spot to worry about Moss.|
|27||Giants**||5-2||.440||Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham = stacked at WR.|
|28||Falcons||5-2||.451||Could make sense to pair with Roddy White, but character concerns say nah.|
|29||Jets||5-2||.471||Jets take on plenty of "headaches," and wouldn't mind blocking Pats, of course.|
|30||Colts||5-2||.533||A dream matchup for Moss, but Colts don't need name value to get production.|
|31||Steelers||5-2||.608||Not even a chance, really -- Rooneys already cleaned house on characters|
|32||Patriots||6-1||.420||Pats won't claim him if he falls, because they can sign him for cheap afterwards.|
* = coin flip
** = coin flip