Santana Moss has enjoyed some success in the Washington Redskins passing game over the years. He has been a reliable threat when healthy, as well as having to suffer through numerous mediocre quarterbacks whil learning multiple new offensive systems. Along the way, he has been the one player the team could count on in its’ offense.
But that appears to all be coming to an end, and perhaps much quicker than people may have believed.
Moss has been the clear cut No. 1 receiver in Washington since he joined the team in 2005. Aside from last season, where he played in 12 games, Moss appeared in at least 14 games for the Redskins every season. In his injury shortened season last year, Moss caught 46 passes for 584 yards and four touchdowns. While still respectable, his yards per catch average has gone down almost every season since he landed in Washington.
Couple that with the emergence of Leonard Hankerson, another product from the Miami Hurricanes football program and the signings of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, and it appears as if the end could be very near for Moss in Washington.
In fact, there are some people who believe he may not even make the team out of camp.
Yes, Moss just turned 33-years-old this past month. He has been in the NFL for 12 seasons. But cutting him? His numbers have not declined badly enough to warrant that, at least not in my opinion.
The Redskins have many new pieces in place. Hankerson is coming off of an injury, as is Morgan, and he and Garcon are learning a new offense with a rookie first round draft pick in new quarterback Robert Griffin III. Having a veteran presence such as Moss is not such a bad idea for the Redskins.
Trading him, however, may be.