Now that the smoke has cleared, the San Francisco 49ers need to look toward the following season. Changes need to be made to their roster, and one of those moves should be to allow Randy Moss to walk.
The 35-year-old wide receiver is a free agent. Management needs to resist the urge to bring him back despite how much of a value he appears to be.
Randy Moss had his positives. At $1.75 million, the San Francisco 49ers got their money's worth.
He's lost some speed, but he's still quick enough to be a threat. The possibility of him being able to break a deep route helped to clear things a bit for the San Francisco 49ers and their passing game.
Based on what his teammates and coaches said, Randy Moss was a good teammate off the field. It's been said that he played the role of mentor to some of the younger players on the roster, notably first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins.
None of the positives really matter, though, when you realize what the West Virginia native did during the Super Bowl. He essentially gave up on the team, and that carries a bigger message than any of the other things that he does in the locker room.
On several plays, Randy Moss showed a lack of effort and a lack of fight, which analysts noted on 49ers Postgame Live.
That type of selfishness is not needed on a team that has established itself as a cohesive unit during the last two seasons. It's the main reason why the 21st overall draft pick in the 1998 NFL draft should be allowed to find a new jersey to wear next season.
With or without Randy Moss, the San Francisco 49ers need an upgrade at the wide receiver position. It would be better for the team if it used draft picks and/or signed a low-profile player in free agency..
A guy like Danny Amendola, who had pretty good plays against the San Francisco 49ers this season, would be a tremendous upgrade. He provides an underneath threat, something that Randy Moss refused to do throughout his career.
The team has done a good job of cultivating a winning atmosphere under Jim Harbaugh. It needs to stick to that formula by cutting Randy Moss loose.