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Report: Jets legitimately interested in Randy Moss

Minnesota Vikings v New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings runs a pattern on offense against Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 29-20. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Last month, speculation that the Jets are interested in free-agent-to-be receiver Randy Moss was met with a fairly abrupt flurry of reports to the contrary. G.M. Mike Tannenbaum declined to address the issue during an April 22 appearance on ProFootballTalk Live.

Eight days ago, we wrote that, based on things we’ve been hearing, Moss-to-the-Jets should not be ruled out. Now, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are legitimately interested in Moss. The interest hinges on whether the Jets can re-sign Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards.

“The Jets will have more than a cursory interest in Moss if Holmes or Edwards doesn’t return, per sources,” Mehta writes.

There’s a chance that the Jets are merely trying to muster some leverage in the looming talks with both Edwards and Holmes. Then again, if one of the two decides to leave, there’s no reason why Moss shouldn’t be a viable alternative.