comments section yesterday, new reader Rodney asked if we should be pursuing the Broncos' Jarvis Moss. At first glance, I was not very enthusiastic about the idea, but the more I thought about it, the more the former Florida Gator standout seemed like a potentially attractive -- and potentially realistic -- low-risk acquisition. However, I wanted to bounce the question over to Bryan at the Broncos Stable and get his perspective. His response was typically thoughtful and informative. And then some. Here are the points I presented to Bryan, with the request to please inform me if I'm smoking wacky weed just by dreaming this up:In the
- Obviously, the Rams have a need at defensive line, DT in particular, but DE becoming a priority with the advancing age of Leonard Little. So there's probably desire.
- Moss's rookie season with the Broncos was widely viewed to be a bust, and his 2008 wasn't much better. However, he's still young and not too far removed from his heroics with UF. These next few weeks may be the last chance to deal him, while he still has the "untapped potential" label on him.
- Denver's coaching staff and front office has undergone a major overhaul - Moss is now an inherited problem, and few in the organization would have ties to the player now. (Is this correct?)
- Billy Devaney and Brian Xander, GMs of the Rams and Broncos respectively, both came out of the Atlanta Falcons organization, and presumably have a working relationship. What kind of relationship? We don't know.
- The Rams under Spagnuolo and D-coordinator Ken Flajole, are expected to operate a north-south defense, with linemen expected to have speed and vertical attack. An undersized player, weight-wise, like Moss potentially fits this role.
I guess the question is, from your perspective, do you see the Broncos trading Moss, and what kind of return would they be looking for? It seems that their first priority in player movement is finding a new home for Brandon Marshall -- or at least shutting him up. Is a Rams' third-round pick next year enough to get a deal done, for the former first-round talent?[As it turns out, I may be grossly overbidding] His answer, after the break: Note: Point taken. A Rams' third-rounder would appear to be a massive over-bid, if the rumors of his being floated (and rejected) for a seventh-rounder on draft day are correct. Note: Doing a little further digging, it appears that a big knock on Moss was his strength -- his 16 reps at the 2007 NFL Combine were the lowest among his group, though with his frame and some weight training, he could be expected to show improvement. From the sound of it, there are a lot of similarities between Moss and Leonard Little: early career derailed, seeing very little playing time, and still very raw, skill-wise, though with a potentially high ceiling. Primary rushing attribute is pure speed, but needs help (and strength) to become an impact player. However, Dick Vermeil and the Rams stuck with Little and reaped the benefit, while Denver appears ready to cut bait with Moss. Moss could benefit from a season working out like a demon and playing mostly special teams, with Little coaching him on technique and attitude. Then in 2010, we may be able to fully tap into his talents for a low-cost replacement for Little, who would be entering his age-36 season. The one obstacle to a trade would be his salary: He signed a $15 mil/5 year deal in 2007, with $8 million of that guaranteed. With the Broncos on the hook only for that last $2 mil of guaranteed money this season, it becomes affordable to cut him, and definitely more attractive for a team like the Rams without that $3mil salary automatically attached.