Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 1, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT
It doesn’t matter what kind of shape Randy Moss is innow: The surefire Hall of Fame player is going to retire.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter got the word from Moss’ agent Joel Segal: ”After weighing his options and contemplating offers, he’s decided to retire,” Segal said.
It’s not a huge shock to us. We suspect Moss did not have many attractive offers, and he didn’t want to take a huge paycut to do the Terrell Owens thing and keep taking one-year deals. We guessed more than once that Moss would ultimately hang em up because of low contract offers.
It’s a shame that Moss’ career ended on such a sour note, but most great careers do. One of the singular players of his generation, Moss is second all time in career touchdowns and fifth in yards. He’s in the discussion as one of the best receivers and big play threats ever.
Speculation will ensue that Moss will pull a Brett Favre and return at some point. We have our doubts.
Moss didn’t return to football because teams didn’t want to pay him. His pride is too big to battle for snaps and a roster spot on a low salary. We don’t expect to him on the field again, but we do expect to see him in Canton.