The San Francisco 49ers have made an early splash in the offseason by inking wide receiver Randy Moss to a one-year deal.

According to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter, the two sides reached the deal after the 35-year-old wide receiver worked out for the team on Monday with coach Jim Harbaugh throwing him passes.

Moss last played in the NFL in a tumultuous 2010 season when he played for three teams: the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans.

He retired after the season and after a year off, said he had the itch to play again. Before his workout with San Francisco, he worked out for the New Orleans Saints last week and was said to be in impressive shape.

Moss is tied for second on the all-time career touchdown reception list with 153 in his career. He is also fifth all-time in receiving yards and ninth in receptions.

Randy Moss is known as one of the best deep threats in NFL history, something the Niners have needed for quite some time.  But I’m still not sure a)how much he has left in the tank, b)if he will give his all, something he is not really known for, c)what kind of effect he might have in the locker room.  Plus, Alex Smith (if he resigns) is not known for throwing a great deep ball, Moss’ biggest asset.  But when properly motivated and under a strong coach like Jim Harbaugh, it’s not a bad gamble for the team to take.



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