While Randy Moss won't be "The Freak" that tormented defenses in the 2000s, he'll still be productive for the San Francisco 49ers and a great option for fantasy teams in 2012.
After a one-year hiatus from the game, Moss is eager to end his legacy on a positive note. His surprising retirement after the 2010 season shocked many people because just the season prior Moss had Pro Bowl-type numbers.
According to ESPN's Fantasy Football projections:
Do we think Moss will completely flame out? We give that scenario a decent chance, but anyone who's observed the Randy Ratio in the past knows he tends to perform best when people are at the end of their rope with him.
Moss is a late-round lottery ticket only.
In the past, fans have seen Moss flourish when he was in a situation that he liked, and the added contract incentives should push him even more. He also won't be going against many elite passing defenses, so there aren't a lot of chances to bottle him up in 2012.
With all that taken into account, Moss should still be one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL, even at 35 years old.
When Moss played for the Oakland Raiders in 2006, his career seemed all but over.
The portrait of Moss chilling on the bench in the shutout game against Seattle Seahawks will be embedded in the minds of fans for many years to come. However, it's not the only lasting image left in his career.
When he's not interested, the man is a bum. Although, that won't be the case in San Francisco, since he's happy for the opportunity to compete with a Super Bowl-caliber team.
Even though he's pushing 35, the fact remains he's still Randy Moss. The man can still burn defenders with ease.
According to SI.com's Peter King, Moss has been getting the better of Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers in practice.
"'Defensive coordinators will be dumb if they treat him like the Moss of Tennessee a couple years ago,' Rogers told me. He's got a lot left."
Whenever Moss has stepped foot on a field, greatness has been expected from him. While he won't deliver like he has in the past, Moss is still more than capable of hauling in at least 800 yards receiving.
During the offseason Moss inked a one-year, $2.5 million contract which seemed like a bargain for a player like Moss.
However, his contract does come with incentives based on his performance in 2012.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:
Moss will earn $46,875 for every game he is active on the 49ers' 46-man roster— a possible $750,000, if he plays in all 16 games. Moss can make another $1.5 million in incentives based on playing time, receptions and being named to the Pro Bowl team.
Since Mario Manningham has similar incentives on his two-year, $7.5 million contract, Moss should be fueled to out-perform opposing teams and teammates.
This is Moss' last chance for a shot at a Super Bowl title.
A championship ring has eluded Moss for many years. Ever since his heartbreak in the 1998 NFC Championship game, Moss has battled for a chance to reach the Super Bowl. While he almost accomplished this feat with the record-breaking Patriots in 2007, he failed then, too.
Moss doesn't want to be remembered as a quitter who retired after playing for three teams in 2010. He wants to go down as one of the best to ever play the game, which is why winning a ring now is so important to him.
His drive alone should propel him to a solid season in 2012.