The Washington Football Team released Thaddeus Moss on Friday, sending the tight end to the free agent market.
Moss had a rocky season with Washington after signing as a free agent following the 2020 draft. After doctors found a broken foot at the NFL Scouting Combine, Moss underwent surgery and spent part of the offseason program on the sidelines.
Washington waived Moss at the end of training camp with an injury designation but the 22-year-old went unclaimed and landed on injured reserve. Moss never hit the field with Washington but according to ESPN, the move was about the numbers game rather than his injury history.
With Moss on the market, it’s a name that should interest the Minnesota Vikings. There are the obvious family ties to his father Randy, who starred with the Vikings for eight seasons in Minnesota, but the younger Moss was one of the key cogs in LSU’s national championship offense in 2019.
Moss caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns for the Tigers in 2019. While his production seems modest, it’s on par with projected starting tight end Irv Smith Jr., who caught 44 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2018 season at Alabama.
Sure, Tyler Conklin is also on the roster but the Vikings still need to find a third tight end and that’s what Moss would be competing for. And if the stakes are that low, why the hell not throw a bone to the son of an all time fan favorite. How great would it be to see Randy Moss in US Bank Stadium cheering on his son in a purple jersey. Just that idea is enough to give Thaddeus a chance to compete in training camp.