Dolphins Pass on Moss, Titans Make Waiver Claim

Dolphins play Moss and the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 14

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 31: Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings runs onto the field before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Randy Moss

    So much for rumors the Miami Dolphins were seriously interested in acquiring wide receiver Randy Moss.

    Reports confirm the Tennessee Titans, who were four spots behind the Dolphins in waiver priority, have claimed the Pro Bowl receiver. That means the Dolphins passed on their shot to land Moss, who will be playing for his third team in less than a month.

    The Dolphins had the 18th waiver priority. The titans were 22nd. That also means 21 other teams didn't want to take a chance on a sure-fire Hall of Famer.

    We know of at least one Dolphins wide receiver who is happy about the non-move.

    Brian Hartline said publicly that he didn't want the Dolphins to go get Moss, and not because that would mean he would see more of the bench than footballs.

    "He's not the piece we're missing to get to the Super Bowl," Hartline said in a radio interview.

    Hartline's comments were in stark contrast to his fellow receiver, Brandon Marshall, who practically begged head coach Tony Sparano and the Dolphins brass to take a chance on Moss.

    Who knew a back-up receiver had more influence than a No. 1 option?

    The Dolphins will see if they made a mistake soon because the Titans come to Sun Life Stadium on Nov. 14.

    In truth, Sparano has said since training camp that he loves the team's receiving corp as it stands and the Dolphins do have quite a few weapons on offense.

    But Moss was appealing because he excels at what the Dolphins lack, a deep threat and someone who can score six instead of three in the red zone.

    But sometimes off the field issues can trump talent and that's exactly what appears to be the case with Moss. His troublesome attitude and pricey salary made him too unattractive for the Dolphins to take a good look at.

    So for now, Dan Carpenter's Pro Bowl bid gets another boost.