San Francisco 49ers Sign WR Randy Moss to 1-Year Deal

By Bryn Swartz

Pull your 84 jerseys out. Randy Moss is back.

The 35-year old wide receiver ended his retirement to sign a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

He caught passes at practice from head coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback. The team is expected to resign former number one overall draft pick Alex Smith.

Moss will help a depleted 49ers receiving squad that caught just one pass for three yards in an NFC championship loss to the New York Giants in January. The 49ers released Braylon Edwards in December and might lose Josh Morgan to free agency, leaving Michael Crabtree as the only adequate receiver on the team.

Moss struggled through a 2010 season that saw him play for three different teams: the New England Patriots, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Tennessee Titans. With those teams, he caught just 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns.

But he has had one of the most successful careers of any wide receiver in league history. He ranks ninth all-time with 858 receptions, fifth with 14858 receiving yards, and second with 153 receiving touchdowns.

He set the single-season record with 23 touchdowns with the New England Patriots in 2007. The team won all 16 regular season games and advanced to Super Bowl XLII, where Moss caught the go-ahead score with 2:42 left.

Many say that Moss, at 35, won’t have much left. But he reportedly ran a sub 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. I could see him doing some real damage on a 49ers squad that doesn’t really have many other receiving targets.

Comeback Player of the Year anyone?

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