49ers sign polarizing receiver Randy Moss 

Wide receiver Randy Moss has a agreed to a one-year contract with the 49ers, ESPN reported Monday evening.
Moss had worked out with the 49ers during the day on Monday, with coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh throwing passes.

The 35-year-old Moss, who has been named to the Pro Bowl six times, sat out last season after catching 28 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns in 2010, when he played for New England, Tennessee and Minnesota. But in 2009, Moss had 83 catches for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Apparently Harbaugh and 49ers officials saw enough to think Moss could help them next season. The team needs help at wide receiver. The 49ers parted ways with Baylon Edwards in December, and Joshua Morgan missed the season after having surgery in October to repair a broken bone in his foot.

Michael Crabtree was the team’s leading receiver in 2011 with 72 receptions for 874 yards.

The 49ers worked out Moss for just 15 minutes Monday, according to CSNBayArea.com.

“He looked good,” San Francisco running back Anthony Dixon told CSNBayArea.com.

Dixon said Moss ran a variety of routes, including slants, outs and curls.

“Jim and [GM] Trent [Baalke] want to see if he can play,” 49ers CEO Jed York told CSNBayArea.com. “We need to add somebody who can stretch the field, and it’s up to those guys to see if he’s a fit.”

Moss and San Francisco team representatives met after the workout.

When asked if he would like to see Moss on the team, Dixon said yes.

“Oh, yeah, definitely,” Dixon said. “That’s Randy. You got to account for him when he’s on the field.”

Also, San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith says he’s happy with the three-year deal the 49ers offered, and never demanded a five-year deal.

Smith told KPIX (Ch. 5) on Sunday that reports of a demand for a five-year deal are “completely false.”
Smith and San Francisco hope to reach a new contract before he becomes a free agent today.

“It’s going,” Smith told KPIX. “They know I want to be back. I think they want me back. It’s just a matter of working out the details...I’m just waiting for it to get done.”

After being maligned at the start of his career, Smith had his best season last year. San Francisco went 13-3 and he threw for 3,144 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.

NOTE: The 49ers tendered one-year contracts to exclusive rights free-agent cornerback Tramaine Brock and restricted free-agent linebacker Larry Grant.

Quite a catch


A look at some Randy Moss’ notable statistics:

23 Touchdown passes caught in 2007, an NFL single-season record
954 Career receptions, ninth most all-time
14,858 Career receiving yards, fifth most all-time
153 Career receiving touchdowns, tied for secondmost all-time
10 Career 1,000-yard receiving seasons

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