The Redskins haven’t ruled out re-signing wide receiver Santana Moss, but will likely wait to see how next month’s NFL draft plays out before deciding on the 14-year veteran’s future with the franchise.
Moss, who will turn 36 in June, is the fourth-leading wide receiver in Redskins history with 7,867 yards. He led Washington in receiving every season from 2005 through 2010, including a franchise-record 1,483 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2005. He earned all-pro honors that season. Moss had an injury-shortened season in 2011, and then in 2012, Washington signed Pierre Garcon, who replaced Moss as the team’s top receiving threat, while Moss took on the role of slot receiver.
Moss’s role was reduced dramatically last season because of the additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. Moss appeared in just 10 games and recorded 10 catches for 116 yards – the fewest of his 10-season tenure with Washington. But Moss continued to serve as a leader in the wide receiver unit, helping mentor younger receivers.
Moss’s contract expired this offseason, and talks between the team and his representatives have been minimal.
Gruden said Wednesday that the Redskins are “keeping a close eye on” Moss’s situation, however, and that he wouldn’t mind bringing him back for another season.
“You know what? I could always play with Santana,” Gruden said when asked if the team still had Moss in its plans. “Santana’s a great person. He’s great in the locker room for us. He knows all the positions. I know he’s going to be in great shape, and I would not hesitate one bit to call him.”
At wide receiver, the Redskins return veterans Garcon, Jackson and Roberts, and Ryan Grant, a fifth-round draft pick out of Tulane last season.
The team allowed wide receiver Leonard Hankerson to depart via free agency, and he signed with Atlanta earlier this month.
Gruden said the Redskins could draft another wide receiver, and such a move could impact the decision on whether re-sign Moss or not.
The coach explained: “We’ve talked about everybody. It’s just about when, how. We don’t want — we’ll wait until the draft to see what we have as far as numbers at every position and go from there. You know, that’s something that we know where Santana is, and he knows where we are, and something may work out down the road.”
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