Jeff Fisher talks about Albert Haynesworth, Randy Moss and playing the Patriots in England
|02.24.12 at 1:10 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — The names of two former Patriots were bought up at the NFL scouting combine in Friday, as new Rams coach Jeff Fisher was asked about defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and wide receiver Randy Moss joining him in St. Louis.
Fisher actually has a history with both of them: Haynesworth played for Fisher when he was head coach in Tennessee from 2002 until 2008. Haynesworth enjoyed his best seasons with Fisher while both with the Titans, with the defensive tackle leaving as a free agent after a standout 2008 season. Meanwhile, Moss was with Fisher and the Titans for a portion of the 2010 season.
‘There’s some unrestricted free agents out there now that are not under contract that we’ve been talking about. He’s one of them,’ Fisher said when asked about Haynesworth. ‘Whether we do anything about it remains to be seen.’
Haynesworth was picked up by the Patriots last offseason, but released on Nov. 8. He was picked up by Tampa Bay two days later, but was placed on waivers earlier this month.
Fisher sounded a similarly lukewarm note about Moss, who announced a comeback attempt earlier this month.
‘There are a number of players we are considering,’ Fisher said. ‘You guys know my familiarity with Randy — I thought he was great for our locker room.’
Fisher also got off a good line when he was asked about playing the Patriots in England in 2012.
‘When it was announced, we were very excited. We think it’s a great opportunity,’ he said. He then waited a beat and added, ‘If you’re going to play the Patriots, it’s best not to play them in North America.
‘I think it’s a great opportunity for us. There were a number of clubs that were disappointed that they didn’t get the opportunity. We’re in the early stages of evaluating it, and talking to some of the clubs (with past experience) and how they did it and what’s most convenient for the players.’
Fisher was asked about wide receiver free agent-to-be Brandon Lloyd, who has been linked to the Patriots.
‘There are a number of [unrestricted free agents] we’re interested in keeping,’ Fisher said. ‘He would be one of them.’