It was assumed that Jim Harbaugh would go after a receiver this offseason. Either sign an expensive free agent (Mike Wallace or Vincent Jackson), or spend a first-round pick on one of the many talented wideouts in this year's draft.
Instead, he decides to play some catch with the 35-year-old Randy Moss. The same lengthy guy who broke the rookie record for most touchdowns in a season with 17 (that was, in 1998).
Now in 2012, he will join forces with the 49ers to be the vertical threat they desperately need.
But considering his age, the fact that he did not play last season, and his questionable work ethic, is he worth it?
Harbaugh thinks so, and that is enough for me.
I questioned Harbaugh when he brought back Alex Smith last offseason. I questioned him when he drafted Aldon Smith. I questioned his conservative approach—his ground and pound, old-school football. And of course his black sweatshirt tucked into his khaki pants.
Harbaugh has proven that he fits no mold but his own. He has a plan set out and he intends to see it through.
There is no doubt that San Francisco needs a tall receiver who can stretch the field and make time-freezing, one-handed grabs over flailing defenders.
Harbaugh tried to get this player when he signed Braylon Edwards last offseason. Fifteen receptions later and the former Michigan Wolverine is once again unemployed.
Whether or not Moss can fulfill this role remains to be seen. But what is certain is that at 35 years old, the five-time all-pro has the potential to be better than Edwards ever was.
The only factor limiting Moss' production is his attitude. But if Harbaugh thought that would be an issue, he would not have signed him so quickly.
Moss has done everything a receiver can do in a career other than win a Super Bowl. That is what drove him to break Jerry Rice's record for most touchdown catches in a season (23) in 2007. The same year the New England Patriots went undefeated before losing in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.
Maybe that is what Harbaugh and Moss talked about when they met. The unlikely turnovers that cost the 49ers an NFC Championship Game. David Tyree's improbable catch that killed Moss' dream season.
Harbaugh knows that the 49ers offense is a deep threat away from being complete. Moss is thinking that he has one shot left to win it all.
Perhaps it's just coincidence, but it seems like destiny put Moss in the hands of Harbaugh and the 49ers' possible 2012-2013 Super Bowl run.