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49ers Sign WR Randy Moss

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers have agree to terms on a one year contract with former All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss.

Moss, 35, announced his retirement on August 1, 2011 after fading into obscurity in an irrelevant 2010 NFL season that saw him traded from New England to Minnesota, then pout his way to a release from the Vikings. He then was claimed on waivers by the Tennessee Titans, where he further faded by contributing only six grabs for 80 yards in eight games.

Speculation began in January that Moss was interested in reviving his NFL career. Immediately he was linked to his former New England Patriots squad, where he still counts himself an admirer of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. The Pats could also use a deep threat to add to their already potent passing attack.

Throughout this off-season, Moss has been actively engaging fans on Ustream and has worked out extensively. He reportedly said that he could still run a 40 yard dash “in the 4.3 (seconds) range”.

On March 6, 2012, Moss had a good workout for the New Orleans Saints. Immediately fantasy football fans salivated at the thoughts of him joining one of the top offenses in the NFL, led by Drew Brees.

On Monday, March 12th, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh threw passes to Moss and was impressed enough to offer him a one year contract to un-retire and join the NFC West champions.

The fit is a good one for the Niners, who have lacked an impact wide-out since Terrell Owens left town. San Francisco is also said to be on the verge of re-signing quarterback Alex Smith to a new, long term deal.

 

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