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Moss was good for better, worse

MANKATO, Minn. — 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 seen.

Moss's agent, Joel Segal, said Monday that the receiver was considering several offers, but instead decided to retire.

The 153 receiving touchdowns by Moss are tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list, and the 34-year-old is fifth in yards (14,858) and tied with Hines Ward for eighth in catches (954).

But Hall of Fame voters will also weigh those numbers and his six Pro Bowl seasons against a history of boorish behavior and a penchant for taking plays off. Moss originally signed with Notre Dame, then started his college career at Florida State. After redshirting, he tested positive for marijuana and was dismissed. He finished at Marshall.

Moss was traded from the Patriots back to the Vikings, his original team, in October 2010. But the reunion lasted just four weeks, then he made little impact with the Titans.

TAYLOR'S THIRD TIME: Jason Taylor, the league's active career sacks leader, rejoined the Dolphins for his third stint in Miami. Taylor, 36, spent his first 11 seasons with the Dolphins and has kept a home in South Florida. "This is home," he said. "It fits. It's easy. It works." He spent 2008 with the Redskins and '10 with the Jets. Also, the Dolphins agreed to terms with former Cowboys offensive tackle Marc Colombo.

BUNKLEY TRADE, TAKE TWO: Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, a former Chamberlain High and Florida State standout, was been traded from Philadelphia to Denver for a 2013 draft pick. The move came two days after the Eagles agreed to send the former first-round pick to the Browns; Bunkley didn't show up in Cleveland.

BRONCOS: Former Jaguars first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey, once a Florida star, agreed to terms.

EAGLES: First-round pick Danny Watkins, the projected starter at right guard, agreed to terms on a four-year contract.

GIANTS: In an e-mail to AP, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora said he is frustrated that some are criticizing him because he wants the team to rework a contract that will pay him slightly more than $7 million over the next two seasons. The team has refused. Also, Newsday reported that running back Ahmad Bradshaw agreed to a four-year deal worth $18 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

JETS: Receiver Plaxico Burress, who signed Sunday, practiced in his first time back on an NFL field since being released from prison after serving 20 months on a gun charge.

PANTHERS: Former USF defensive tackle Terrell McClain, the team's last unsigned draft pick, reached an agreement.

RAIDERS: Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, a former FSU standout, signed a five-year, $48 million contract.

SAINTS: Left guard Carl Nicks signed a restricted free agent tender worth about $2.61 million for this season.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed to restructure his contract to help the defending AFC champions get under the $120.4 million cap. His agent, Ryan Tollner, 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.

Moss was good for better, worse 08/01/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 11:15pm]
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