Randy Moss went through what Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk.com and others report was a stellar workout Tuesday for the New Orleans Saints. This news should be a spot of good news for the Bears.
Not that the Bears are expected to be players in the impending return from retirement of one of the NFLs truly elite receivers over the past decade. Moss was available to the Bears in 1998 (the Bears drafted Curtis Enis, leaving Moss for the Vikings) and could have been had when he bounced among three teams in 2010 after a brief stretch with the New England Patriots.
The Bears didnt move then and the first major moves under GM Phil Emery and Chairman George McCaskey are not expected to include a flirtation with another former No. 1 pick after the Roy Williams disappointment of last season.
But the Saints interest in Moss points to New Orleans fully anticipating losing one of a receiver corps topped by Marques Colston and Robert Meacham, both unrestricted free agents. It also suggests that the Saints could well remove themselves from serious bidding to even retain one of those.
In a supply-and-demand business like NFL talent procurement, value is set by market forces as much as or more than simply on-field performance.
JJ Stankevitz is joined by ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein to dive into how close Detroit is to cleaning house (1:00), expectations for Matthew Stafford (5:50) and T.J. Hockenson (10:00), what new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s scheme looks like (13:45), where the Lions are strongest and weakest on defense (16:50) and if this team actually respects Matt Patricia (22:20).
Plus, Mike discusses the story he co-wrote on the rise and fall of the AAF and what it would take for a spring football league to succeed (26:10).
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Under Center Podcast
Bears fourth-round pick Riley Ridley knew what to expect coming into the NFL thanks to his older brother Calvin, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver.
Their family bond kept them close even as they played for rival colleges and now competing professional teams, and they both take a lot of motivation from the name on the back of their jerseys.
The two receivers came together on camera for the Bears’ “Meet the Rookies” series.
“We do what we do, not just for the family, but for our name, our brand,” Riley Ridley said. “We want to take that as far as it can go. That Ridley name is strong, and that’s how we view it.”
Ridley opened up about growing up with his mother raising him and his three brothers. He said he’s going to be his own biggest critic and do everything he can to help his teammates.
His brother Calvin added some color to the image of Riley that’s starting to take shape.
“Very funny, really cool, laid back,” Calvin Ridley said. “He’s a different person on the field. I would say he has a lot of anger on the field — very physical.”
Matt Nagy should find good use for that physicality in the Bears offense, plugging Ridley in a wide receiver group already deep with young talent.
Ridley doesn’t seem like the type of player who will allow himself to get buried on the depth chart.