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Waiver-claim Wednesday: Moss and Merriman

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The NFL waiver wire deadline was more anticipated Wednesday than ever before. Fans everywhere waited with baited breath for the 4 p.m. Eastern deadline to pass so that they could discover where Randy Moss, released by the Vikings, and Shawne Merriman, who was officially¬†released by the Chargers, landed. Moss landed in Tennessee after 21 teams passed on him; Merriman, meanwhile, went to Buffalo, which had the highest¬†priority. Let’s consider what these new homes mean to both players.

Moss lands in Tennessee, where the Titans hope he can become a No. 1 receiver now that Kenny Britt is out an extended period of time with a hamstring injury. Jeff Fisher has coached the Titans since they were the Houston Oilers, and aside from Derrick Mason he’s never had a guy who was even a solid No. 1 receiver on his team. Now, Fisher’s club has a deep threat receiver who can draw double-coverage and make things easier for Vince Young and RB Chris Johnson. Moss should fit in as an immediate starter in Tennessee, and if he can figure out how to improvise in concert with Young the Titans’ offense will add a major fear factor to the heartburn Johnson already creates.

Even better for the Titans, they have their bye this week to figure out how to integrate Moss, and they still have both their division games against both the Colts and the Texans, their primary AFC South competition. This is an aggressive move by the Titans, but you can see why Moss would be attractive to them. If it works out, the Titans become much more of a contender not only to make the playoffs in the AFC but to make a run once they get to the postseason. And if Moss doesn’t work out, they lose $3 million plus but no other draft-pick assets. My hunch is the Titans never thought Moss would make it to them, and that they’re glad to get him.

Merriman, meanwhile, goes to the only winless team in the league in Buffalo. He’s a natural 3-4 outside linebacker, and that’s something the Bills don’t have, especially with 2009 first-round pick Aaron Maybin struggling so much he lands on the inactive list. If Merriman can still play, he’ll get chances to rush the passer with the Bills, and if sack totals result, it will only help Merriman in free agency after the year. It seems a little strange for the Bills to spend about $1.5 million extra in a season that’s already mostly shot, but GM Buddy Nix was in San Diego when Merriman got drafted, and the addition is at least a good-faith gesture to Bills fans. Plus, if Merriman is back, Buffalo gets first shot at negotiations with him, which could be a plus too. We’re not sure Merriman can still play, but you have to admire the Bills for spending the money to take a shot on him.

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Crazy Kicker of Week 8

Steve Weatherford

We support shenanigans when it comes to kickers, whether they’re successful or not. So the most controversial kicker play of the season gets Jets P Steve Weatherford this award. In the first quarter, the Jets faced 4th-and-18 at their own 20-yard-line. They call a fake punt that sent Weatherford around the right end. Weatherford sprinted and then dove for the marker, and at first it appeared that he had made it. But a replay review indicated that Weatherford had stepped out of bounds a yard too soon, giving the Packers the ball at the Jets’ 36. That led to a Mason Crosby field goal that gave the Packers a lead, and Green Bay went on to a 9-0 victory. So while Weatherford wasn’t ultimately successful, his effort makes him the crazy kicker of the week.

2010 Crazy Kickers of the Week
CFL: WR Dave Stala, Tiger-Cats
Preseason Week 1: P Brett Kern, Titans
Preseason Week 2: PK Robbie Gould, Bears
Week 2: PK/Kickoff Rob Bironas, Titans
Week 5: Punter/holder Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs
Week 7: Punter Reggie Hodges, Browns
Week 8: Punter Steve Weatherford, Jets

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