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NFL Lines - 49ers Sign Randy Moss

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 3/14/2012 11:13:39 PM

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NFL Lines – 49ers Sign Randy Moss

35-year old Randy Moss was given a new lease on NFL life on Monday when he signed a 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The 6'4'', 210-lbs wide receiver still believes he has what it takes to make an impact. Judging by what he has done in the past, even a Randy Moss past his prime should be able to do significant damage with San Francisco this NFL lines season. In his 13-year NFL career, Moss has recorded 954 catches (9th all-time) for 14, 858 yards (5th all–time) and 153 touchdowns (all-time).

Moss is a player that comes with a heavy resume including 7 Pro-Bowl appearances under his belt, but he has yet to win a Super Bowl. He will bring an extra dimension to a 49ers offense that includes young stud quarterback Alex Smith, running back Frank Gore and secondary wideout Michael Crabtree. Crabtree, the 49ers 10th overall pick in the 2009 NFL lines Draft, recorded a subpar 72 receptions for 874 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2011 – a critical reason why San Fran signed the experienced veteran.

Fitting in
It will be interesting to see how Moss slots into head coach Jim Harbaugh`s team, who usually likes to run a more conservative offense. The player that Tom Brady labelled 'the smarted he's ever played with' should be able to adapt easily into this San Francisco system, and mesh with the already established stars. Alex Smith, a young quarterback on the rise, will be looking to build on his solid season last year. While not posting All-Star numbers, Smith has laid a solid foundation on which he could develop further coming into next NFL lines season. He was the epitome of solid and conservative plays, throwing for only 5 interceptions over the course of the season. Perhaps playing with Moss will drag a bit more risk and flash out of the young QB.

Star Power
As much as Moss can benefit from playing with the nucleus of young talent in San Francisco that can potentially grow into a Super Bowl contender, the 49ers will be greatly improved with this signing. Moss' best season in 2007 with the Patriots is not yet forgotten, where he received 98 passes for 1,493 yards, and the record-setting 23 touchdowns to help his team go a perfect 16-0. Moss has recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards in a single season no less than 10 times – second only to Jerry Rice, who repeated the feat a record 14 times.

Staying Down To Earth
With an already solid core of young talent in San Francisco, the addition of Randy Moss should prove an added bonus. The main concern of front management would have to be whether Moss graciously takes the role of experienced veteran and provides for an exemplary leader for the young players around him, instead of his usual prima donna with a bad attitude. If Moss keeps his attitude in check and becomes a positive force in the locker room, these 49ers just got a whole lot better.

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