Most times when Carolina Panthers fans begin chattering about signing a proven but out-of-work free agent or coach, the idea is shot down pretty quickly by those inside the organization. Reggie Wayne, who just signed a one-year deal with New England, and Bill Cowher come immediately to mind.
And while it’s highly unlikely the Panthers will bring in retired receiver Randy Moss, who said Sunday night he still has the itch to play, there are two factors that at least could leave the door cracked a bit on the possibility:
▪ Moss lives in Charlotte, where he was an assistant coach for his son’s high school football team;
▪ And he’s close with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
The 6-4, 215-pound Moss would provide Newton a big target to replace the injured Kelvin Benjamin while Devin Funchess develops. Moss’ frame would seem to be a better fit for the Panthers’ X-receiver spot than the 6-foot Wayne, for example.
But he’s 38, hasn’t played in three years and his last 1,000-yard receiving season came in 2009.
Plus, this is an organization that typically tries to stay away from distractions. Signing Moss, who waded into his share of controversy during his 14-year career, could create a potentially big one.