Wide receiver Randy Moss will play in the NFL this season, even after being away from the game for a year when he decided to retire following a disastrous 2010 season.
It was a forgettable display with the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans in 2010.
He caught 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns while being heavily criticized for his penchant to give up on routes and teams.
Moss sent waves out through the NFL after proclaiming on his UStream channel that he intended to play in the NFL once more after retiring.
Immediately analysts and NFL teams began to question if he could still run, catch, and be an effective receiver.
But may of those questions were answered after Moss worked out with the Saints Tuesday of last week.
According to multiple reports he had an exceptional workout in New Orleans, and a contract offer may have been put on the table for him to join the Saints for the 2012 season.
Reports were that Moss was in top shape and appeared more like his “old” self than than the 2010 version.
Sources also say he was clocked as low as 4.39 during a 40-yard dash attempt, although it later came to light that the Saints did not in fact ask Moss to participate in any 40-yard dash.
New Orleans could use the help at wide receiver – there is growing concern that top target Marques Colston — and deep threat receiver Robert Meachem could be on the move as both are scheduled to become an unrestricted free agents.
Moss will be heading to San Francisco where he will meet with 49ers team personnel tomorrow, and he once again will display how much he still has in the tank.
The 49ers need some talent infused into their receiving core in the worst way.
Braylon Edwards was released, Joshua Morgan will be coming off an injury, Ted Ginn Jr. is scheduled for free agency, and besides Michael Crabtree, the talent level remaining is sub-par at best.
At first glance it doesn’t appear that Moss fits well in the 49ers offensive system, who utilize a run first and pass second mentality that emphasis ball control though the short passing game.
Moss is more suited to an offense that likes to stretch the field, like the Saints, where his skills can be better utilized as he works down the field 15-to-20 yards off the line of scrimmage.
The 49ers though likely view Moss as that missing piece to a legitimate deep passing game.
If he were to sign, you can bet they would draw up two or three deep routes a game to keep him satisfied.
In 13 NFL seasons Moss has amassed 954 receptions for 14,858 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns, and besides the Saints and 49ers there are said to be at least two more teams that can be added to the growing list of interested suitors.
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