The Niners have been without a 1,000-yard receiver for a decade. Annually, the team has had consecutive disappointments seeking out a pass-catcher. Every attempt to upgrade the position has been an exercise in futility.
The last time the 49ers had a receiver that broke the mark, Matchbox Twenty was in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 100—so obviously it's been a while.
It seems like this year the organization collectively said: "No more!"
But it wasn't about signing one big name; it was about balance, depth and the right fit for the system. In this group of newly acquired pass-catchers, Randy Moss headlined them all.
It's probably because amongst them, Moss is the lone five-time All-Pro selection (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007). For a team that was in desperate need of someone to take teams vertical, San Francisco might have the steal of free agency.
The Niners didn't overpay for someone like Vincent Jackson or give up too much for a Mike Wallace or Dwayne Bowe. The 49ers had a need, and they addressed it with a low-risk, (sky)high-reward free-agency deal.
And not a bad move if you consider the man's resume:
- Most touchdown receptions in a season–23 (2007)
- Most touchdown receptions by a rookie in a season–17 (1998)
- Most seasons with 17 or more touchdown receptions–three (1998, 2003, 2007)
- Most games in a season with at least two touchdown receptions–eight (2007)
- Most yards receiving in a Pro Bowl game–212 (2000)
- Most 1,200-plus yard receiving seasons to start a career–six (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
- Fastest player to reach 5,000 career receiving yards–59 games
- Youngest player in NFL history to record 100 receiving touchdowns–29 years and 235 days
- Youngest player in NFL history to record 120 receiving touchdowns–30 years, 313 days
He doesn't have to be 1998 or 2007 Randy Moss for this to be a game-changing move.