Randy Moss is calling it a career after 13 seasons in the NFL as one of the most dynamic and polarizing players the league has ever seen.
Moss’s agent, Joel Segal, said Monday that the receiver was considering offers from several teams, but made the decision to retire. Segal declined to comment specifically on the offers, instead saying his 34-year-old client thought the time was right to step away.
“Randy has weighed his options and considered the offers and has decided to retire,” Segal said.
Moss leaves with 153 touchdown catches, tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list. He’s fifth in yards (14,858) and tied with Hines Ward for eighth in receptions (954).
Those numbers, and his status as perhaps the best deep threat in NFL history, will make him a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame. But voters may also weigh those numbers and his six Pro Bowl seasons against a history of boorish behavior and a penchant for taking plays off.
He spent seven seasons with Minnesota, two with Oakland, then re-emerged as a force with New England in 2007, hauling in a single-season record 23 TD passes.
NEW DEAL FOR BIG BEN
Ben Roethlisberger is doing his part to help the Steelers get under the salary cap.
The veteran quarterback has agreed to restructure his contract to help the defending AFC champions get under the $120.4 million cap.
Ryan Tollner, Roethlisberger’s agent, said the team approached the two-time Super Bowl winner about the deal, but added it would not affect the length or the money involved in the eight-year, $102 million deal the quarterback signed in 2008.
“We’ve reviewed it and agreed to it,” Tollner said.
TAYLOR BACK TO MIAMI
Jason Taylor seeks a few more sacks, and he plans to get them with the Dolphins.
The NFL’s active career sacks leader, preparing for his 15th season, has signed with Miami, where he spent his first 11 seasons. The New York Jets released him in March. Taylor, 37 next month, has 1321/2 career sacks.
New England has agreed to terms with offensive lineman Matt Light on a contract that would guarantee $7 million to keep him protecting Tom Brady’s blind side for two more years, … Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was traded from Philadelphia to Denver for a 2013 draft pick. … Oakland agreed to a five-year, $48 million contract with linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. … The Chargers placed tight end Antonio Gates on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list with right foot plantar fasciitis. … New York Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and right guard Brandon Moore have been placed on the PUP list. Cotchery had back surgery and Moore had hip surgery, both in February. Both may rejoin the team when they are healthy. … Offensive tackle Barry Richardson signed his restricted free agent tender with Kansas City. … Tampa Bay re-signed linebacker Adam Hayward, described by coach Raheem Morris as the Bucs’ special teams MVP last year, to a three-year contract. … Commissioner Roger Goodell will start his summer tour of training camps Wednesday at Carolina in Spartanburg, S.C.