Will 2010 be the last for Moss in New England?

Is 2010 the last season for Randy Moss in a Patriots uniform?

Today, Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe broke down the scenario out in New England. Moss, who is due a $6.4 million base salary next season, is in the final year of a three-year, $27 million dollar extension that included a cool $12 million up front.

Big money, right? Sure, but money well spent in my opinion.

Moss is still a dynamic NFL wideout. He is still feared, and no matter what name you want to bring up, I still see him as the best deep threat in the game. A receiver that can get on a safety’s cushion faster than any other player in the league, and a receiver that has that ability to separate at top speed — and go get the football.

But, the 2010 season will be telling for Moss and for Tom Brady. The numbers are going to have to be there to warrant any talk of an extension, any talk of more money and any talk of us seeing Moss remain in Foxborough.

And, as Gasper points out, they will once again have to produce these numbers without a receiver on the opposite side of the field who draws special attention. Defenses that play the Pats usually do everything from a game plan perspective to take Moss out of the game. Whether that is playing Cover 2 to his side of the field — or 2-Man — we don’t see many instances when Moss is singled up by a man-to-man corner — unless Darrelle Revis of the Jets is on the field.

His age? Yes, that has to be talked about, as Moss will turn 33 this week. But, the numbers are all I look at when it comes to judging talent and when it comes to handing out big money.

Plus, let’s not forget about Wes Welker, the Pats WR who tore up his knee in the final game of the 2009 season. We will hear all about his rehab and his progression — which I will want to believe — but I have been there with that same knee injury. It will take time, and the Welker we are used to seeing will need extra time to get back up to speed. It is only natural with a knee injury.

Yes, this is the time of year that we speculate and wonder about what will happen to certain players and teams. But, in New England, Moss is still the major reason why the Pats will compete for the AFC East title again.

We will find out his true value one more time, and his future as a Patriot depends on it.

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