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49ers say they’re not even thinking about Peyton, but open to Moss

File picture of wide receiver Randy Moss, who is retiring, according to his agent on Monday Reuters

Although there appears to be nothing imminent between the 49ers and soon-to-be free agent quarterback Alex Smith, the 49ers’ front office says that bringing back Smith is the focus of the franchise — and that signing Peyton Manning hasn’t even been discussed.

“We haven’t had Peyton in here nor are we even talking about those things internally right now,” 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke said on KNBR, via the Sacramento Bee. “Is he going to play? I don’t know. That’s for the doctors to make the decision on and for him himself.”

Baalke wasn’t as quick to shut down talk of potentially bringing Randy Moss to San Francisco.

“Everything’s in play. I mean, we’re going to take a look at all our options,” Balke said of Moss. “We’re not going to rule anybody out.”

But all indications are that, despite what Jerry Rice may think, the 49ers are ready to rule out Manning.

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53 Responses to “49ers say they’re not even thinking about Peyton, but open to Moss”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Mar 7, 2012 11:57 AM

    I doubt Peyton could co-exist with that emotional 12-year old Harbaugh.

  2. sj39 says: Mar 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    As a Rams fan I like what Balke is saying.

  3. h3min1230 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:00 PM

    With any upgrade over Alex Smith, how can the ’9ers not be favorites for the Super Bowl?

  4. mistakenny says: Mar 7, 2012 12:03 PM

    As a rams fan you know we dont need peyton to beat yall … Niner faithful

  5. riderspantherssk says: Mar 7, 2012 12:04 PM

    Could they be saying that they have no interest in Manning since that would be tampering, given that he had not been released when the interview in question was held?

  6. arzcardinals says: Mar 7, 2012 12:04 PM

    Cardinal fans say, “GOOOOOOOOD!!!”

    You’d own the division for the next 5 years.

    Instead you can face Peyton in AZ!

    I’m so glad the 49ers aren’t in the race. A solid qb and they will own the title for years.

  7. thatobnoxiousguy says: Mar 7, 2012 12:04 PM

    Hot News flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Several teams are interested in signing Manning!!!!

    Stay tuned, will report the same thing every 10 minutes!!!!!!!

  8. goldrush36 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    With a name like jenniferxxx do you ever wonder how very little anyone values your opininon? Just sayin

  9. 4evrnyt says: Mar 7, 2012 12:07 PM

    Neither Manning nor Moss would be a good fit here in SanFran.

    First Moss because of his ‘me first’ personality simply wouldn’t fit in the locker room coupled with Smith’s lack of consistency to throw the long ball would inevitably lead to Moss becoming frustrated and a distraction.

    Peyton Manning is a thougher decision but I think for any team that wants long term consistency should not consider Manning. If you are a team that is one or two years away from blowing it up because of cap reasons then now is the time to bring in Manning and try and make a run while you still can but if you are building a core for long term success then Manning isn’t the answer. I think here in SF we are working on the long term core and Manning would only disrupt that.

  10. jakek2 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:09 PM

    Smart. Focus all your attention on a washed-up WR who Alex Smith couldn’t reach on his best day instead of a HOF QB that could win you 2 SBs in the next 4 years with that defense.

  11. nineroutsider says: Mar 7, 2012 12:13 PM

    I was hoping they would bring Moss in for a tire kicking session. He could be the cheaper deep threat alternative they need. And yes, Alex can throw a decent deep ball.

  12. skeebo80 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:14 PM

    I hope niners don’t go 1-13 on 3rd down in another playoff game. Going for Moss but not Peyton is dumb as hell.

  13. joetoronto says: Mar 7, 2012 12:17 PM

    Who’s going to get him the ball, Alex Smith?

    I don’t think so.

  14. loungefly74 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    for a not-expensive price tag…i would love to have randy on the Niners.

  15. kja22 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Moss + Manning = Super Bowl

  16. steviemo says: Mar 7, 2012 12:18 PM

    Peyton Manning, my butt. The Niners already have a HOF QB in Alex Smith. 7 seasons — one playoff win. He’s already made us all forget about Joe Whoozit and Steve What’s-his-name….

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:20 PM

    It’ll take Randy Moss. Cause Alex Smith could get the ball to the WRs. It’s just he hasnt had a WR who can hold on to his passes since Antonio Bryant in 2006.

    When motivated, Randy Moss can catch any and everything,

  18. nineroutsider says: Mar 7, 2012 12:20 PM

    jenniferxxx says: Mar 7, 2012 11:57 AM

    I doubt Peyton could co-exist with that emotional 12-year old Harbaugh.
    ———————————————————
    Why is this dude always trolling 9er threads? With a name like that bro, it seems like you are just dying for attention. You specialize in the digital version of The Crying Game don’t you?

  19. mrplow3 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:21 PM

    Alex Smith was the best 4th quarter QB in the NFL this year. (Yes better than Tebow and Eli, look it up)

    Why risk all that and put yourself into cap hell to sign a MAYBE healthy Manning? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hope Peyton is recovered and has a great season. That being said, some team is going to spend alot of money to take that chance. I don’t see that as something the 9ers need to do.

  20. meytonpanning says: Mar 7, 2012 12:22 PM

    This is smart for so many reasons:

    1) Alex Smith is legitimate.
    2) EVEN IF the 9ers wanted Manning, it would cost way too much. .
    3) It would be irrelevant to put a Hall of Fame QB on a run-first team.
    4) I’d like to see Peyton try and run 20+yds for a TD.
    5) They are absolutely paper thin at reciever, and when Manning throws so many deep balls, you’re bound to lose at least one wideout (Poor Austin Collie)

    I like the twins’ style.

    (Also I’m a Manning fan, so don’t get butthurt that I said he’d do bad on this team)

  21. thatobnoxiousguy says: Mar 7, 2012 12:25 PM

    Manning is too mature to deal with Harbaugh and his childish antics.

  22. dgforreal says: Mar 7, 2012 12:32 PM

    “Not even thinking about Manning”

    “We’re not going to rule anybody out.”

    Pick one.

  23. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 7, 2012 12:41 PM

    Moss is too mature to deal with Harbaugh and his childish antics.

  24. goldrush36 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:44 PM

    Alex can easily get the ball there. His problem is overthrowing deep passes not underthrowing them ;)

  25. mste4387 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:48 PM

    49ers should sogn Peyton and then give Mike Wallace an offer with an enormous 1st year cap hit that Pittsburgh can’t match. Those two moves would push them over the edge. As long as Harbaugh is ok coaching the guy he was let go for 14 years ago.

  26. trollhammer20 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:49 PM

    49ers won’t think about Peyton until he signs with Arizona or Seattle. At that point, they’ll adjust their draft board to account for the fact they’ll need more DBs.

  27. yournuts says: Mar 7, 2012 12:52 PM

    First of all 9er fans, were not really as good as you think and write here! Don’t take last years results as something that can happen every year because many teams have gone that route and been greatly disappointed. There are many reasons we didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, and you can say that we were a fumble or two away from the Super Bowl, but in reality the offense sucked, what was it 1 for 13 in 3rd down situations? The Niners won many games by a fumble or two and that may not happen this year. Everybody now knows how to stop the 49ers, were not going to sneak up on people like we did last year. We still need a QB. If we think that Alex Smith is the answer then our hearts will be broken again this year. Every Superbowl 49er team had a great QB. We need Peyton Manning and not Randy Moss. Randy Moss will not stop a pass rush or make pick apart a defense.

  28. goldrush36 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:57 PM

    He just needs someone that can get there and then catch it. He raely really overthrows Davis and he never overthrew Ginn. Guys like Crabtree just don’t have the speed. Problem with Ginn is he can’t catch the ball

  29. kmack831 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:57 PM

    IDK about Moss… I like Vjax better. Or get them both!

    Crabs / VD / V Jax / Moss / Gore / Hunter / Walker

    Oh yeah!!

  30. jakek2 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:59 PM

    3) It would be irrelevant to put a Hall of Fame QB on a run-first team.
    ——–
    @meytonmanning

    A “run-first” team is EXACTLY what PM needs at this stage of his career. A run game will keep the defense honest and keep PM upright. On the flip side, SF’s already good running game would flourish with PM at QB. Poor Frank Gore wouldn’t have to consistently run against 9 in the box. PM to SF is a perfect fit. However, York’s ego is too tied to that poor excuse of a QB, Alex Smith to make a push for PM. Sad really.

  31. mrlynch33 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:00 PM

    I really don’t get it with these Harbaugh haters….how is he childish??? What has he done that makes him childish??? Clue me in…don’t say handshake gate because Schwartz was chasing Harbaugh like a child.

  32. jimmyshultz says: Mar 7, 2012 1:12 PM

    This would be great in so many ways. People need to learn how to think outside the box. They are thin at WR but they have a #2 on the rooster and a great TE in Davis.
    Sign Peyton and he brings (1WR) Wayne and/or Moss!! If Manning and Wayne join the AFC WEST the 49ers dominate a sub par division for the next 4 years to say the least.

    49ers have a great defense and special teams and would be in position to win multiple championships with at least 1 Superbowl ring!

  33. screbels89 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:16 PM

    Manning on the niners would be almost instant Super Bowl. Stupid not to go after him. I’m not buying it.

  34. dspohn55 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:19 PM

    I’m a Niner fan and have been an Alex fan since before his bandwagon grew exponentially. Alex is a serviceable starting QB whose limited mistakes were a giant reason as to why the Niners played as well as they did. Alex is solid, but Peyton is arguably the best to ever play the position. But the truth is the Niners should take a hard look at Peyton, just as about 28 other franchises should.

    How often does a guy who might be the best to ever play his position become available?

  35. waxthat says: Mar 7, 2012 1:19 PM

    @jenniferxxx

    Can we see your b***ies?

    With a name like that, I’m intrigued ;)

  36. peopletrains says: Mar 7, 2012 1:25 PM

    So in other words they are seriously considering making a run at Manning and want nothing to do with Moss.

  37. japadacktle49 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:30 PM

    How many starting quarterbacks have won Superbowls with more than one franchise?
    Kurt Warner did have a great run at it in Arizona.
    Good luck Peyton but stay away from the 9ERS !

  38. ppc50 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:44 PM

    It’s funny that folks think that the Niners would be locks for the SB if Manning joined them this year. By the way, their schedule is harder this upcoming season. Manning in the playoffs has a 50 winning %, has about as many TDs as INTs, has won one SB when he played fairly bad, and threw the game winning INT vs the Saints in his last SB. Was he an elite QB? Sure, but he has come up small in big games at Tenn, as well as with the Colts. Whatever team he signs with will be better, but I don’t think he will win another SB again. Definite 1st ballot HOFer though.

  39. patsfiend says: Mar 7, 2012 1:45 PM

    If 9ers got Peyton, they’d be much better off with Reggie Wayne than Randy Moss, as a free agent receiver.

    And… given that they are in talks with their current starting QB that got them to the NFC title game last year, of COURSE they are going to say that they are “not interested” in Manning, regardless of their true intentions.

    As a Pats fan, I’ve learned long ago not to put any weight whatsoever in public statements (of which there are usually none) prior to trades / deals / drafts, or even games!

  40. time2speakup says: Mar 7, 2012 1:56 PM

    All this is fun, isn’t it. Talking and exploring all sorts of scenarios and what-iffing. But take the real side for a moment. Baalkes measured approach last off season, and the careful, close-to-the-vest manner Coach parceled out his offense was due to a number of reasons: newness to each other (coaches and players), a time crunch installing offense, on and on. But in that process, everybody noted there was an excellent nucleus to build on. And that’s what Baalke and Coach are doing and will continue to do. A shot or a gamble every once in a while that’s not to expensive, and one that fits in to the “new” Niner mindset can be expected. But slow and steady (even during games) is about all you’re gonna get. Peyton Manning is “right now” “Instant Gratification.” That is not what this version of Niners is about.

  41. hmpennypacker says: Mar 7, 2012 2:15 PM

    Why would he come to the NFC West? Williams and Fisher coach here.

  42. jimmyshultz says: Mar 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    49ers have one thing Peyton has never had on a consistent basis…TOP TIER DEFENSE!!!!

    Here is a look at the weakest division in the NFC to say the least and their projected starting QB.

    Division titles lead to conference championships and we all know those lead to Super Bowls.

    S.F./ Manning?

    Seattle/Jackson
    Arizona/ Kolb
    Rams/ Bradford

    MANNING + WAYNE + 49ers DEF = RING(S)

  43. webothlose says: Mar 7, 2012 2:36 PM

    Of course the 49ers are going to say they haven’t considered Manning; he was under contract with the Colts. Saying they were making Peyton part of their plans at QB would be tampering.

  44. Nevis says: Mar 7, 2012 3:03 PM

    Way, way WAY too many people assuming Manning is healthy.

    So the 49ers bring in Manning, who will basically take over the offense, gets hurt in Week 2, then the Niners offense spends the rest of the season re-adjusting offense.

    But the real problem is the health factor. Whoever signs him is gambling with significant chips on the table.

    Not the 49ers style, at all.

  45. waxthat says: Mar 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    “We haven’t had Peyton in here nor are we even talking about those things internally right now”

    key words…RIGHT NOW…why does the media twist ever single word these guys say. Tiring to keep up with all the twists and turns. Let’s keep it real. No one has a clue where Peyton his going, he hasnt talked to any team yet. He has and will continue to go through this process with class. Hope where he goes makes him happy.

  46. bozosforall says: Mar 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    ppc50 says:
    Mar 7, 2012 1:44 PM
    It’s funny that folks think that the Niners would be locks for the SB if Manning joined them this year. By the way, their schedule is harder this upcoming season. Manning in the playoffs has a 50 winning %, has about as many TDs as INTs, has won one SB when he played fairly bad, and threw the game winning INT vs the Saints in his last SB. Was he an elite QB? Sure, but he has come up small in big games at Tenn, as well as with the Colts. Whatever team he signs with will be better, but I don’t think he will win another SB again. Definite 1st ballot HOFer though.

    __
    Career postseason QB rating:

    Manning – 88.6
    Brady – 86.0

    Career postseason winning percentage is a TEAM stat.

  47. sj39 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    Peyton Manning, my butt. The Niners already have a HOF QB in Alex Smith. 7 seasons — one playoff win. He’s already made us all forget about Joe Whoozit and Steve What’s-his-name….

    Joking right? If not the weed out there must be real good.

  48. ninersforlife15 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:31 PM

    Everyone takes it as a surprise that the 49ers aren’t looking at Peyton Manning. We have a quarterback in place and the 49ers are not going to use a big portion of their money on Manning. I think most people have this whole situation in reverse. I think the best fit for Manning is in SF because the 49ers are one piece away from the Superbowl. They need a receiver and unless the 49ers want a bargain at WR, or it is a last resort, the 49ers won’t get Randy Moss. He doesn’t block, he is lazy, and if the 49ers aren’t going to look at Terrell Owens last year then why look at Moss? Owens is 10 times better a WR than Moss will ever be. The 49ers are going after Vincent Jackson. Harabaugh has already said that he wants a “big bodied” WR for Alex Smith to throw the football to and take away all the double teams Crabtree faces game in and game out.

  49. WestCoastVet says: Mar 7, 2012 4:25 PM

    We 49er fans are one tier-1 QB and 1-2 good WRs from a SB. Why WOULDN’T we look at PM? Screw A-Smith! Harbaugh said the starting QB position for next season isn’t locked. So what happens if in the offseason Kaepernick blows Smith out of the water now that he’s got a full offseason and a playbook memorized? Then all this talk of consistency with Smith at the helm gets blown out of the water right?

    So if that would be the case, why is it any different with Manning? Because of money? We’ve got that. Because of his health? Sign him to a one year deal and you still have Smith (bcuz no one else in the league will want him). Because Manning will want to run the offense his way? That’s possibly something where both sides could meet half way. At least TALK to the man!

    We have no shot at Andrew Luck or RG3 (Unless Luck pulls out of the draft and decides to stay in the Bay and play for his old coach) and the other FA QBs are just as marginal as Smith. Unless Brady or Eli become FAs before the end of their careers there’s no QB in the league right now who’s as good as Peyton that will be going to a new team in the near future. If we don’t at least CALL Peyton and see what he would want now that he can talk to other teams then I want the 49er front office fired!

  50. whatevnfl says: Mar 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    Did you listen to the interview? you are trying to make a story out of nothing. Baalke said a bunch of polite but non-answers to anything. “No we haven’t brought Manning in or had an internal discussions” (aka Manning’s under contract and I’m not going to tell you anything about our internal conversations.) “Do you think he can play?” “You know, that’s really for the doctors to decide.” “What about Randy Moss?” “Everything’s in play. I mean, we’re going to take a look at all our options.” If you listen to the interview and Baalke’s answers, he’s just (smartly) unwilling to show his hand. His answers in terms of indicating anything are meaningless.

  51. fasteddy415 says: Mar 7, 2012 5:36 PM

    Samari Rolle career ended with basically the same injury as PM said it best on the bay area radio scene. One big hit on Peyton could end his career.

    Smart teams will stay away. Desperate teams aka dumb ones will open the check book..

  52. steviemo says: Mar 7, 2012 6:48 PM

    “…and take away all the double teams Crabtree faces game in and game out.”

    HAHAHA, hilarious! No team in the league double teams Michael Crabtree. Where in the world did you get that?

    The dude averages one TD every 4 games in the NFL. No one in their right mind would ever double him. He’s basically a bust.

  53. joetoronto says: Mar 8, 2012 6:22 AM

    goldrush36 says: Mar 7, 2012 12:44 PM

    Alex can easily get the ball there. His problem is overthrowing deep passes not underthrowing them
    *************************************************
    ALL QB’s in the NFL can throw the ball deep, only those with strong arms can throw the ball deep on the money though.

    Think of it as a golf swing.

    When you try to kill the ball, it doesn’t go where you want it to go.

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