Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA;San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss (84) runs for yardage after a catch in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

Randy Moss Won't Be Back In San Francisco. Could He Return to Minnesota?


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.

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  • Mando

    Seriously what is your deal with Ponder? All of these ridiculous comments about him having a nervous breakdown? Man, if I didn’t know better I’d say you’re some Packer homer. Maybe it is time this fanpage got a better blogger, an actual Vikings fan.

  • Jake

    I have to agree with Mando here. I wasn’t much of a Ponder fan last year but he showed his metal down the stretch and got us into the playoffs at 10-6. And don’t say it was all Peterson because it wasn’t, not entirely. Ponder threw for 3k yards, more TD’s than INT’s, completed 62% and posted a decent 81 QB rating. He’s the earned the right to some consideration, for now. As far as Moss, maybe you’re right and maybe you’re not. I certainly don’t think Moss id washed up, he definitely still has the goods. But when he’s not happy he simply doesn’t play. He wasn’t in on every snap last year and when he was in he was hardly ever thrown to. Maybe featuring him as a number 2 full time would make him happy enough to get some production from him.

    • vikepryde

      I agree! Randy just needs – a team and coach he’s willing to play for. I for one don’t blame him for arguing with Childress. When after playing for the patriots, he sees how a good coaching staff operates. Childress couldn’t take the truth and sent moss out the door. I don’t blame Harvin for taking up for his mentor either. If criticizing someone for doing something wrong is a bad thing or a sin, then I too am a sinner! I agree with moss completely against Childress’s play calling. He had what ( 5 plays on offense & what 3 on defense? ) any fool can predict his game. That’s why moss was piss, I was too! Moss has took a lot of criticism from writers like one on this page all through the years, but it’s also the same idiots that have no insights either! Keep typing trash, but I hope moss can overlook all the idiots and come back to his real home! God bless!

  • http://www.facebook.com/moshari.angari Moshari Angari

    Moss is not washed-up and he didn’t lose a step he is the
    victim of poor coaching. Actually it is the other way around. he is being used
    more as a decoy or as a slot receiver not his strength or tendency, The best way
    to utilize Moss’s talent is to get him involved early and often and he should
    be used in his natural routes a vertical threat and especially in the red zone where
    he would out jump any defender.

    Combination of Moss and Adrian Peterson is lethal and he
    would make life a lot easier for AD. I hope Moss comes home and be utilized the
    way he should be utilized; I am sure he will advance the careers of some
    coaches especially Musgrave. Skoll Vikings.

  • Jackson

    you have no clue what you are taking about.