With the Tennessee Titans (ahem) winning the services of Randy Moss this afternoon after he was released by the Minnesota Vikings, football fans here in Middle Tennessee are understandably excited about what he may bring to the team. Here's a quick take from SB Nation's Titans blog, Music City Miracles:
Randy Moss stretches defenses just by being on the field. Even though his speed isn't what it was 5 years ago defenses still have respect his ability to get over the top on every play. Can you imagine what that will open up for Chris Johnson? He immediately fills the role that is vacated by Kenny Britt being out for an extended period of time.
The question, however, is how this pickup compares to February 2007, when the Nashville Predators, in the hunt for the Presidents Trophy for the best record in the NHL, emptied the cupboard of prospects and draft picks to acquire Peter Forsberg for their (ultimately doomed) playoff run. At the time, Forsberg was still a point-per-game player, Olympic hero in his home country, and two-time Stanley Cup champion who had started to succumb to nagging injury troubles. He was still effective for the Preds, however, contributing two goals and 13 assists in 17 games for the rest of the regular season, and adding two goals and two assists in five playoff contests. From there on, however, he played only nine more NHL games before returning to Sweden.
Moss, not quite a champion (having appeared in Super Bowl XLII as the Patriots lost to the Giants), is a 4-time First Team All-Pro and one of the most dynamic big-play receivers in NFL history, but is certainly on the downside of his career, and brings the added factor of his personal reliability, which is open to question. He does stand, however, #2 on the NFL's all-time receiving touchdown list, and #5 in receiving yards. He's been to the Pro Bowl seven times, and has been a controversial, polarizing figure since his infamous college days.
Does Randy Moss, then, represent the greatest sports star ever picked up by a major-league team here in Nashville, or does Forsberg still hold that honor?