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Paul's Calls: Ready for more Moss?

It seems like every few months or so Randy Moss' name surfaces as a potential cure to whatever ails the Patriots. Monday was yet another one of those occasions.

Moss made some minor waves on Monday when he announced his wishes to end his "retirement" and return to the NFL.

"I wanna play football," Moss said on UStream. "Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I'm really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life."

Moss turned 35 on Monday and was out of football entirely in 2011. What we last saw from the future Hall of Famer wasn't good. He spent 2010 with three teams – the Patriots, Minnesota and Tennessee – and failed to distinguish himself with any. His time in New England was largely productive with three 1,000-yard seasons and basically a touchdown for every game played.

But it did not end well. His outspoken nature, not to mention his well-publicized locker room battle with departing offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, led to his trade to the Vikings. When things didn't go much better there, he was waived and claimed by the Titans.

However, the changes in venue did little to spark the old Moss magic. He finished 2010 with just 28 catches for 393 yards – both numbers representing career lows.

Now he wants to return, and New England is sure to be his preferred destination. With O'Brien gone and Josh McDaniels taking his place, it would make sense for one to wonder if it would be a potential fit. Moss set a single-season record with 23 touchdown catches under McDaniels' watch in 2007 and the pair enjoyed working together.

Personally, I've had enough of the Moss dance. The player I remember most recently was one who struggled to get open and had a hard time dealing with his diminishing skills. No longer the centerpiece of the offense, Moss lashed out at O'Brien and made life tough for his quarterback, Tom Brady. There's no reason to think his skills suddenly reemerged after a season away from the game, and envisioning him accepting a lesser role is tough at this time.

I understand where the Moss-mania is coming from, especially considering the lackluster offensive effort in the Super Bowl. But I'll take a pass.

Would you be interesting in taking Moss back? Let us know with a comment here.

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