The Redskins did not shock anyone by pursuing the receiver position on the opening day of free agency. However, signing a 34-year old slot specialist was a surprise. I’m glad the team re-signed Santana Moss. Here are five reasons why.
1. Part of the plan
The Redskins have shown a commitment to re-signing their own. Before the start of the league year the team placed the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo and re-signed DeAngelo Hall, Chris Baker and Perry Riley Jr. Bringing back Moss shows the franchise is not wavering from an evaluation shared by Jim Haslett: the team’s talent is closer to the team that went 10-6 in 2012 than the group that went 3-13 in 2013. Why break the bank on a veteran outsider when you know what Moss gives you?
2. Keep the QB comfortable
The Redskins hired a quarterback specialist in Jay Gruden who has said he will collaborate with Robert Griffin III and style an offense around the quarterback’s strengths and preferences. In Moss, Griffin has a trusted option who can explain to Andre Roberts and other newcomers what his quarterback likes to see from the slot.In two years with Griffin III, Moss has hauled in eight of quarterback’s 36 touchdown passes.
3. Locker Room Leadership
Moss will have a positive effect on the 2014 Redskins whether or not he catches a pass. You don’t last for 13 NFL seasons without developing pristine practice habits. Rewarding Moss communicates to young players what type of individual the organization values. Moss has also shown a willingness to develop younger players at his position rather than bristle at competition. As the winner of the the media’s “Good Guy” award, the receiver also sets an example for how to conduct business in the locker room. From a purely selfish standpoint, I’m elated for more conversations with a guy who brings honesty, insight and Hong Kong Phooey snapbacks into the locker room.
4. A Shot At History
Moss is 78 receptions away from tying Charley Taylor for second-most in Redskins history. He would need just two touchdowns to surpass Stephen Davis and Clinton Portis in the top-10 of that category in team records and five TDs to match Bobby Mitchell’s scoring mark in burgundy and gold. Moss would need 991 yards receiving to match Gary Clark’s spot in third place among Redskins.
5. Cowboy Killer
In the second game of his run with the Redskins, Moss partnered with Mark Brunell to stun Dallas. He said the “Monday Night Miracle” was his proper introduction to Washington. Another year in D.C. gives Moss at least two more chances to reenact those heroics and cement his reputation as a Dallas destroyer.
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