Randy Moss Would Return to NFL to Play With Peyton Manning


Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (84) turns upfield after a fourth quarter reception in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

John Elway is a major recruiting piece for the Denver Broncos. He helped lure Peyton Manning, the most coveted free agent in NFL history, to the Mile High City.

But now that Manning is in Denver, he’s got a pretty big pull when it comes to getting players to want to come play in Denver, and that apparently isn’t limited to strictly active players. The legend of Manning has apparently drawn the interest of Randy Moss, who is working as an analyst for FOX Sports after his playing career. He says he would contemplate leaving his comfy cozy analyst’s chair if it meant catching passes from Peyton Manning.

“I’m gonna tell you this, for me to come out of retirement for a player such as Peyton Manning, I would consider that,” Moss said. “I really would consider it. I’m still in great shape, I can still run. I’m not the most old, but just by looking at the things I see on Sundays, I can still go out there and catch some passes and catch some touchdowns.”

Moss was on the topic of returning to the NFL because the Seattle Seahawks had reached out to him about potentially joining their roster in lieu of the Percy Harvin trade with the New York Jets. Apparently a shiny Lombardi Trophy from last year wasn’t enough to lure Moss out of retirement, but playing with Manning?

That’s a different story.

It would be a really intriguing move by the Broncos, though Moss isn’t anywhere near as effective as he was in his prime years. The Broncos have six wide receivers on the active roster in Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker, Andre Caldwell, and rookies Cody Latimer and Isaiah Burse. On the practice squad, the Broncos have three more receivers in Bennie Fowler, Nathan Palmer, and Douglas McNeil.

So, with nine receivers on the team already, it seems like the Broncos wouldn’t have room for Moss at this time but Andre Caldwell has been terrible, and if they felt Moss were an upgrade, that would be an interesting move.

Anyway, this seems like a longshot to happen but it would be fun to watch, even if just for a short while.