The veteran wideout showed the 49ers enough in a Monday workout that the team decided to sign him to a one-year deal.
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San Francisco HC Jim Harbaugh, a longtime NFL quarterback, threw passes to Moss for 15 minutes, per CSNBayArea's Matt Maiocco. Evidently that was enough to convince team brass (gold?) that Moss was the man to open up a rather vanilla passing game that ranked 29th (183.1 ypg) in 2011.
Moss, who turned 35 last month and also recently worked out for the Saints, retired prior to the 2011 season after splitting a frustrating 2010 campaign between the Patriots, Vikings and Titans. Since he was not under contract in 2011, he did not have to wait until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to sign a new contract like most NFL free agents.
NFL Network and ESPN initially reported his official return to the pros.
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In 13 seasons, he has 954 catches for 14,858 yards; his 153 receiving TDs are tied for second all-time with Terrell Owens, just 44 behind 49ers legend Jerry Rice. (It's also worth wondering if Moss will don the No. 81 jersey T.O. sported in his Frisco days.)
This will be Moss' second Bay Area stint after he spent two largely forgettable seasons (2005, 2006) with the Raiders.
He should bring a needed vertical element to an offense that featured TE Vernon Davis as its most potent threat in the passing game. San Francisco hoped Braylon Edwards would fill that role in 2011, but he was eventually cut after battling an injured knee. Moss' presence should also open underneath routes for WR Michael Crabtree.
The big question now: Does his signing help piquePeyton Manning's interest -- The Denver Post says the Niners are under consideration -- in the team even as incumbent QB Alex Smith closes in on a new deal?