According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter,
Randy Moss has officially signed with the San Francisco 49ers for a one year deal.
After working out with the team and specifically coach Jim Harbaugh who threw Moss passes, the 49ers acquired the big-play wide out.
After impressing in a workout last week with the New Orleans Saints (he blew away everyone by running 4.4.), several teams were supposedly interested in Moss according to NFL.com. However, the 49ers won out and we’ll now have an experienced play-maker they desperately needed.
According to the Bay Area News Group, 49ers CEO Jed York admitted on Monday that they were looking for an explosive addition to their receivers. He stated, “Jim (Harbaugh) and Trent (Baalke) want to see if he can play. We need someone to stretch the field. It’s up to Jim and Trent to see if maybe it can fit.”
The 49ers benefit from greatly from this deal as they only had two receivers under contract after releasing Braylon Edwards in December along with Josh Morgan, Ted Ginn Jr., and Brett Swain all expected to enter free agency. Besides playoff hero tight end Vernon Davis, Kyle Williams and Michael Crabtree were the only aerial options San Francisco had before Moss. Moss should be the first of at least a couple more additions the 49ers make at WR through the draft and free agency.
Quarterback Alex Smith, who is expected to re-sign with the 49ers, will finally have a deep threat that the offense has been sorely lacking. In the NFC Championship Game loss to the Giants, 49er receivers combined managed for one catch for three yards from Crabtree. An upgrade needed to be made.
Moss, who didn’t play at all this past season, disappointed in 2010 after catching for a combined 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns for the New Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans. Many will speculate whether the 35 year old who is coming out of retirement still has anything left in the tank. Playing on a contender could spark Moss to perform similarly to his glory days in Minnesota and New England.
The 49ers have complete leverage with the one year deal as they can release Moss at any point. It will be intriguing to see how Moss will fit in Harbaugh’s conservative game plan where ball security and possession is most valued. Yet, Harbaugh obviously wants Moss to assist Smith who only had six plays of 40 yards or more in 2011.
San Francisco will hope that Moss’ contributions will make the offense less conservative and predictable. Moss will eagerly hope that he can finally win a Super Bowl ring which has eluded him throughout his illustrious career.