Santana Moss is staying in Washington.
In a deal first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Moss will reportedly ink a three-year contract to return to Washington. Schefter’s report states that Moss will make $15 million dollars over the next three seasons, of which about $6 million will be guaranteed.
Moss was considered Washington’s top offensive free agent. His departure would have meant that the Redskins would’ve had to replace his 93 receptions and 1,115 yards from last season. The 93 catches were a career best and the yards he amassed were his highest total since 2005.
The 32 year-old hasn’t missed a game since 2007 and he’s tallied 70 or more catches in four of his six seasons in Washington. Only two NFL wide receivers caught more passes than Moss did in his break-through 2010 campaign, his first in Kyle Shanahan’s pass-happy scheme.
Retaining Moss was practical. The Redskins have retained their most accomplished and reliable wide receiver. Similarly, Moss is going to return to a team where he will slot closer to the top of the depth chart than he would on most other teams.
Whether or not Moss will line up as Washington’s No. 1 receiver again in 2011 is still in question.
The Redskins could still attempt to sign another of the elite available receiving options to pair with Moss, Anthony Armstrong and a slew of other young pass-catching options led by three 2011 draft picks.
Considering that the team set franchises records for passes attempted and completed under Kyle Shanahan last season, it shouldn’t surprise anybody to see Washington looking to bolster it’s receiving depth.