Wide receiver Santana Moss said that he believes the Washington Redskins are on the verge of finally turning the corner and transforming into a winning organization. That was the reason that he never thought about leaving the team that he has led in receiving in each of the last six seasons.
Moss agreed on Tuesday to a three-year, $15 million deal, but Saturday was the first day that NFL rules allowed him to Redskins Park. Moss won’t be able to practice until Thursday – after the new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified – but the 11th-year veteran said it felt good just watching practice.
“It’s just been one of them long offseasons,” said Moss, who recorded a career-high 93 catches for 1,115 yards and six touchdowns last season. “When you don’t have a job, and you don’t have a team to say that you’re going to go to when this thing lifts, it was nerve-racking a little bit. But I guess being the guy that I am, I just always kept my faith, kept mentally prepared and physically prepared myself, and that helped me get through the offseason and to have enough faith to say that they want me back.
“It’s just one of those situations where you don’t want to leave at the time where you’re almost there,” continued Moss, maintained throughout the season that his desire was to return to the Redskins. “I love the offense, I love the guy that runs the offense, I love the guy that runs the team. I feel like all I have to do is my part, go to work.”
Despite being 32, Moss remains confident that he can remain a consistent threat for the Redskins although the quarterback position is anything but stable. If John Beck wins the starting quarterback job, Moss will have played with seven starting quarterbacks while a Redskin. (The list currently features Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman).
Moss believes, however, that the Redskins have a chance to succeed regardless of whether Beck or Grossman is under center.
A revolving door at quarterback “has always an issue,” Moss admitted. “It’s something that I hope we can put behind us. Whoever’s up, I hope they just take advantage of the opportunity and us go out and do what we can do. Since I’ve been here, it’s been one of those issues, but I’m hoping we can put it to rest now.”