The big news of the day for the San Francisco 49ers is the signing of free agent wide receiver Randy Moss. Check out Matt Hamm’s assessment of the 49ers signing Moss and what it means for the team in 2012.
When the Moss signing news broke, I had a mixed reaction. At first, it was a subdued reaction. Mainly because Moss was out of the NFL all last season and in 2010 he was on three different teams, with each of those situations ending in Moss being traded or released. The Patriots, Vikings and Titans had enough of Moss’ antics which resulted in him being booted from the teams and why he was out of the NFL in 2011.
The feelings I have now for the Moss signing is excitement, barring the 49ers are not done bringing in wide receivers. They won’t go after the big name wide receivers like Mike Wallace or Vincent Jackson, not with the Moss signing. Bringing in a mid-level veteran like a Pierre Garcon or Anthony Gonzalez, who are under the radar, could help contribute to the offense at a price that does not break the bank. At the very least, the 49ers need to re-sign Joshua Morgan so the offense has other receivers who can contribute should the Moss signing not end well.
The signing is similar to Braylon Edwards in that the one-year contract is heavy on the incentives and less on the guaranteed money. Moss’ contract has $2.5 million guaranteed, with $1.5 million possible in incentives.
The thing about me being here is they’ve (49ers) done their research on me. When it comes to the worldwide sports media, I’ve gotten a bad rap. They’ve (49ers) done their homework on me or they wouldn’t have brought me in here. … (The questions were) more of me not being a team player and things like that. I don’t want to get into that. Randy Moss
In the quote above Moss sounds like he has a chip on his shoulder and has something to prove. He wanted to find the right team to have his comeback with, which gave him the best shot at going back to the playoffs and Super Bowl. The 49ers were one of many teams Moss could’ve signed with that met the criteria; however it was Jim Harbaugh and his enthusiasm he showed for Moss that sealed the deal only hours after the workout. Harbaugh reportedly picked up Moss from the airport which is rarely done and impressed the wide receiver. Similarly, Moss impressed Harbaugh and Trent Baalke enough during his workout to take a chance and sign him shortly after they met.
I doubt Moss is going to come back after a year off football and two years removed from being let go by three teams in one season, to burn another team and locker-room proving his critics right. So this should alleviate Niners fans doubts about Moss and his work ethic and attitude. No one outside 49ers land will give Moss a chance this season, but when he does explode all expectations, the 49ers Faithful will be there saying, ‘I told you so.’