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Moss worked out for the 49ers on Monday, with head coach Jim Harbaugh throwing him passes. Harbaugh stood in because a current 49ers quarterback can't throw in a workout for the team until the league year begins tomorrow afternoon.
According to CSNBayArea.com staffer Matt Maiocco, Moss went through a 15-minute route-running session on the 49ers practice field. New teammate Anthony Dixon, who saw the session, was impressed.
"He looked good," Dixon said, saying Moss ran go routes, slants, outs, curls and comeback patterns during the workout. Moss then met with 49ers coaches, including Harbaugh.
Moss announced on his 35th birthday that he was ending his one-year retirement from the NFL.
Moss, who worked out last Tuesday with the New Orleans Saints, played for New England, Minnesota and Tennessee in a rocky 2010 season. If he can bounce back from that lackluster campaign, Moss could help fill a big void after 49ers receivers managed just one catch for three yards in a 20-17 overtime loss in the NFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
But the problem was season long. According to Profootballfocus.com, 49ers wideouts combined for just nine catches on balls thrown 20 yards or more last year.
Moss' workout with the Saints was said to be impressive.
Indeed, Profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio reported at the time that the workout with the Saints “couldn’t have gone better.”
According to Florio, Moss got in and out of his breaks quickly, and he showed great football intelligence. That report jibed with a series of tweets by FOXSports insider Jay Glazer, who advised his Twitter followers that Moss "lit it up" during the workout. Glazer added that Moss “looked like the old Randy” while running 45 routes during the course of the session.
Of course, as Florio pointed out, depending upon which “old Randy” we’re talking about, that could be a good thing or a bad thing.
Adding to those initial reports, league sources told sportsNOLA.com that Moss ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.39 to 4.4-second range during the session. Florio, however, insists that Moss didn't run any timed 40s.
Whatever the case, Moss showed the Niners enough today to get a contract.
San Francisco cut ties with Braylon Edwards in December and already was without Josh Morgan, who broke a bone in his lower leg Oct. 9 against Tampa Bay, had surgery to have screws inserted and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Morgan is expected to generate his share of interest in free agency.
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco's 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft, had 72 receptions for 874 yards and four touchdowns.
Niners CEO Jed York said earlier Monday that the 49ers need "someone to stretch the field."
York also said the 49ers are working to re-sign the man who could be throwing to Moss next season, quarterback Alex Smith. York said the sides have had "good conversations back and forth."
Meanwhile, Moss' 153 touchdown receptions are tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list. He's fifth all-time in yards and ninth in receptions. His 29 touchdowns of at least 50 yards are behind only Jerry Rice (36).
He led the NFL in touchdown receptions five times, was selected to the Pro Bowl six times and was named first team All-Pro four times. His 23 TDs in 2007 led the entire NFL and his 138 points scored that season were second only to kicker Mason Crosby.