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The 49ers signed free agent Randy Moss to a one-year deal hoping for anything out of the veteran wide receiver.
There are plenty of words that could describe veteran wide receiver Randy Moss. In his own words, Moss described himself as the "greatest ever" to play the position (via cbssports.com).
Most San Francisco fans would doubt that, especially after what they saw of him this past year.
When the 49ers signed Moss to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with additional incentives, they knew they were taking a relatively low risk on a player who despite his accolades, comes with plenty of baggage (sbnation.com).
With that being said, it may be hard to immediately throw Moss into this group. In his defense, Moss was being brought in to add depth to a position where, at the time, the 49ers already had a number of players. As long as he avoided becoming a distraction to the team and acted as a mentor to the 49ers young receiving core, any contributions on offense would be welcome.
Moss's stat lines in 2012 were not awe-inspiring. He had 28 receptions for 434 yards and two touchdowns over sixteen regular-season games (pro-football-reference.com).
Sure, Moss's age is a factor. Sure, Moss did not play the previous season.
However, Moss's own name creates a reputation, both good and bad. The 49ers did get some production out of him in 2012, but he should have been able to give more, especially when the team became thin at the position and Moss moved up on the depth chart. Despite having an opportunity for an increased role, his contributions remained lackluster (pro-football-reference.com).
Did Moss "give up" on his team like he did with other franchises? That is up for debate. He did not however, measure up to the production given by former great Jerry Rice at the same stage of his career (pro-football-reference.com).
That comparison alone warrants disappointment among 49er fans.