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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss (81) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers in the third quarter in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

Thaddeus Moss, the son of ex-Patriots great Randy Moss, had options as an undrafted free agent. Options that included his father’s former team and a potential reunion with LSU teammate and projected Cincinnati starter Joe Burrow.

But in the end, the 6-foot-3 Moss decided to take his talents to Washington, and had his own simple and straight to the point reasoning for choosing the Redskins over the Bengals and Patriots.

This decision is essentially Moss respecting the NFL free agent version of dibs. (Like Michael Scott once asked, “You respect dibs, don’t you?”) But it makes sense beyond honoring Washington’s decision to make Moss more of a priority than the others.


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The Patriots went back-to-back tight end during the third round of the 2020 draft, selecting UCLA’s Matt Asiasi and Virginia Tech’s Dalton Keene, and then added a pair of undrafted free agent tight ends that weekend with the signing of Ohio State’s Rashod Berry and Boston College’s Jake Burt. The Patriots gave Burt ‘significant’ guaranteed money, too.

The Patriots still have 2019 holdovers Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo on the roster, too, meaning Moss would have had his work cut out for him in a major way. Perhaps too much so, even with the Moss bloodline potentially working in his favor.

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss (81) against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss (81) against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On the flipside, it does seem a little strange that Moss passed on the chance to reconnect with Burrow after the duo connected for 47 catches, 570 yards, and four scores in 12 games with the Tigers last year. And the Bengals aren’t exactly loaded at tight end, with C.J. Uzomah the lone NFL-established presence at the position. But this is where the ‘dibs’ factor comes into play.


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So Moss will instead make his way to Washington, where he intends to carve out a name for himself.

“I’m just tired of the comparisons,” Moss admitted. “Everybody keeps mentioning my father, mentioning his last name, but just the identity I want to make is my own identity. I look forward to making a name for myself.”

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.