4 Ripple Effects Randy Moss Signing Will Have on San Francisco 49ers Roster
There is going to be the proverbial trickle-down effect on them as a team. It also changes the 49ers' offseason dynamics moving forward.
This slideshow is going to focus on exactly what the Moss signing means to San Francisco.
4. San Francisco Will Not Be Forced to Reach for a Wide Receiver in the Draft
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As many of you already know, I am not a fan of the San Francisco 49ers reaching for a wide receiver in the 2012 NFL draft.
After the likes of Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd, there seems to be a dramatic drop-off to the second-tier prospects at the position.
While Randy Moss isn't going to change the entire landscape of the 49ers wide receiver corps, he does have an impact on what they will plan to do in the draft.
There is now no reason for them to look at this position in the first round.
Instead, San Francisco can look at getting receiver value in the second or third round.
Come on down, Brian Quick.
3. Pushes Either Kyle Williams or Josh Morgan to the Slot
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A few different things here.
If that happens, you can expect Morgan to be the 49ers' primary slot receiver.
This is a position that seems to play to his strengths a great deal.
It also gives San Francisco a tremendous amount of weapons between the hashes with Morgan, Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker.
Kyle Williams is another story. If this is the only wide receiver move the 49ers make—which is highly unlikely—he would take over the slot position, which is also an area of the field where Williams seems to fit better.
Time will tell.
2. Adds Another Dimension to the Offense
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The San Francisco 49ers were lacking a great deal on the outside last season.
This was magnified in their NFC Championship game loss to the New York Giants.
Their receivers caught a total of one pass in that game.
Even at 50 percent of what he was in 2009, Moss would add another dimension to the 49ers' passing game.
He can stretch the field, has the ability to beat defenders deep and runs precise routes—three things that were missing from the 49ers' passing attack last season.
He also forces opposing defenses to take focus away from Vernon Davis between the hashes. You are not going to see anywhere near as many double-teams go in his direction in 2012.
Of course, this depends on what Moss has left in the tank. With that said, all reports indicate that Moss looks really good.
1. Doesn't Mean That the 49ers Are Done Shopping for a Wide Receiver
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It doesn't appear that Randy Moss is going to be breaking the bank with this current contract.
Instead, it is probably going to be near the league minimum with a lot of incentives.
Considering that the San Francisco 49ers had only two receivers on their roster prior to the Moss signing, it is hard to believe that they are done shopping this position in free agency.
This means that the whole Mike Wallace dynamic doesn't change one bit.
Reports had previously indicated that the 49ers are considering signing the Pittsburgh Steelers receiver to an offer sheet once free agency starts.
Of course, they would be forced to give up a first-round pick if Pittsburgh doesn't match the offer. This is a bounty I believe the 49ers are and should be willing to give up.
Just imagine a receiving corps with Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Randy Moss and Mike Wallace. Now that would be a major upgrade.