Randy Moss will be a one-and-done as a 49er. Mike Florio reports that San Francisco has no interest in re-signing Moss for 2013. Florio believes that, despite Randy’s outward display of contentment, he was privately irritated by his small role in the offense. Moss caught only 28 balls all season for 434 yards and 3 TDs. He was never utilized much as a deep threat even after the team switched from Ponder-like Alex Smith to strong-armed Colin Kaepernick.
Moss himself has basically confirmed the Niners’ non-interest. He tweeted, “Wished we could’ve finished the job!! thanks for the opportunity (and) good luck in the future 9ers.”
So with San Francisco in the rearview mirror, what might be next for Moss? Could a return to Minnesota be in the cards for the Vikings legend?
Short answer: No effing way.
An argument could’ve maybe been made for bringing Moss back last year as a low-cost reciving option. Because we still had hopes that Moss might be at least a shadow of his former self. But now we know Moss is not even a shadow of a shadow. Maybe he still has enough speed to get downfield but he has clearly lost any inclination to fight for balls or even make much of an effort. Even in the Super Bowl, Moss short-armed some balls.
So physically he’s declined. And he’s mentally not always engaged. And he privately clashed with coaches over his role last year even though even he must’ve realized a limited role was all he really had in him. Delusional much?
Randy Moss in the prime of his career was a headache. That’s why the Vikes traded him away in the first place. Now he has nothing left. And let’s be real about this: You’re trying to get Percy Harvin to stay around. You could argue that cause might be helped by signing his pal Moss. But do you really want Moss around influencing Harvin? Doesn’t Harvin already have enough Moss in him?
Bringing Moss back would serve no useful purpose. It would just create a distraction the team doesn’t need. And you certainly wouldn’t want Moss and Harvin doubling up on Christian Ponder in the locker room. Poor Ponder might have a nervous breakdown.
No. No. A thousand times no. But thanks for the memories Randy. We’ll always love you.