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Niners assume no risk by signing Randy Moss

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Receiver Randy Moss reportedly didn’t want any guaranteed money as part of his new contract.  And that’s a good thing, because he didn’t get any.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the new contract that Moss signed with the 49ers carries not a penny of guaranteed money.

Instead, Moss will receive a base salary of $1.75 million.  He’ll be eligible for another $46,875 for each game that he is on the active 46-man roster.  If he’s active for every game, he’ll get a total of $750,000.

Moss also can earn up to $1.5 million in incentives tied to playing time, receptions, and qualifying for the Pro Bowl.

Most importantly, if the 49ers decide at any point before Week One that it’s just not working, they can cut Moss and owe him nothing.

Apart from the money, Moss has a strong incentive to make it to the final roster.  He’ll get to play two of his former teams this year:  the Vikings and the Patriots.

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33 Responses to “Niners assume no risk by signing Randy Moss”
  1. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2012 11:04 PM

    Unless he destroys the locker room, this is a worthwile risk, the payoff could be huge

  2. 49erdynasty says: Mar 13, 2012 11:05 PM

    Sounds like a contract that should keep Moss motivated. Win-win.

  3. jacobslatter says: Mar 13, 2012 11:08 PM

    The 49ers still assume a risk if he is a jackdonkey and becomes a cancer in the locker room or phones it in during practices or during games if he makes it that far.

  4. stampede101 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    49ers = NFL’s version of the Moneyball Oakland A’s. Not ashamed of shopping in the clearance bin and pullin out possible gems.

  5. sportsguybayarea says: Mar 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    GREAT deal!! low risk high reward! i have a very good feeling this is going to work out

  6. skeebo80 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:10 PM

    Good contract and worth the risk. Plus MUCH NEEDED deep threat

  7. dirtyjersey9er says: Mar 13, 2012 11:10 PM

    @Stampede101

    The only difference is the 49ers spent most of their money so far taking care of their own. Oakland A’s would have let them walk and brought up the next prospect.

  8. vikescry1 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:11 PM

    well at least they were smart about it, me personally if i were a gm. i’d stay away from moss. imo

  9. sicklife1 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:12 PM

    They may have assumed no financial risk, but if he doesn’t pan out & this is their only FA move for a WR, they are in the same situation as last year & won’t be making it to the SB.

  10. staffordsyear says: Mar 13, 2012 11:15 PM

    What happens when the team regresses by week 8? and his attitude goes to crap..lose lose.But thats the risk ya take i guess.

  11. dirtyjersey9er says: Mar 13, 2012 11:16 PM

    @sicklife1

    I would worry but there is the draft too which has a few good options at WR.

    2 of their top 3 picks very well could be at WR.

    Personally if I were Harbaalke I would pick Fleener at 30, then Streeter from The U the next round, then later in the draft get Wylie for his slot potential.

  12. glawesome says: Mar 13, 2012 11:17 PM

    He will be fine there I will take him in fantasy as a bargain pick!

  13. chiefsroyals says: Mar 13, 2012 11:21 PM

    Moss is always a risk

  14. bmorehomeofthewire says: Mar 13, 2012 11:22 PM

    Hell,Randy doesn’t need any guaranteed money.. Just Straight Cash Homie!!!!!

  15. uberniner says: Mar 13, 2012 11:24 PM

    Get Wallace, and the 9ers are ready to do some serious damage.

  16. zachameen says: Mar 13, 2012 11:26 PM

    Now…. We should bring Terrel Owen back.. and a living legend like Moss. JH can control his personality.

  17. shaggytoodle says: Mar 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    I don’t know if Alex Smith will be able to keep Moss happy.

    The 9ers haven’t had much luck with WRs lately with the likes of Edwards, Ginn, or Crabtree.

    The biggest obstacle that would not allow the 9ers to not win the division would be Manning going to Ari.

  18. tomossriceenoughsaid says: Mar 13, 2012 11:39 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Mar 13, 2012 11:27 PM
    I don’t know if Alex Smith will be able to keep Moss happy.

    The 9ers haven’t had much luck with WRs lately with the likes of Edwards, Ginn, or Crabtree.

    The biggest obstacle that would not allow the 9ers to not win the division would be Manning going to Ari.

    ted ginn was not brought in as a wr, he turned out to be one of the best return men in the league… crabtree is solid, he is surehanded other than the nfc championship jitters, edwards definitely did suck lol, but it was a lowrisk contract… even with manning in AZ the niners win that division with 12 plus wins

  19. chowface86 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:40 PM

    So #1, #2, and #3 for TD receptions have all played for the 49ers.

    I think TO is real jealous and Jerry Rice is real pissed.

    Huge pick up. Prediction:

    118 catches
    1944 yards
    36 TDs

    2 rushes
    89 yards
    2 TD

    1/1 99 yards 1 TD 0 INT

  20. orlandodawg says: Mar 13, 2012 11:43 PM

    They assume no risk until he pulls his hammy in week 1. Then drives to his old doctor’s medical office in Oakland and gets a prescription for marijuana.

  21. peepeetoucher says: Mar 13, 2012 11:49 PM

    Moss also can earn up to $1.5 million in incentives tied to playing time, receptions, and qualifying for the Pro Bowl.

    I don’t get the pro bowl incentive…Pro Bowl is really a popularity contest not necessarily the best player at that position, so it shouldn’t be tied in to any contract. Some get to pro bowl on rep alone not always by playing well that season. Why would teams agree to that

  22. eessppnn says: Mar 13, 2012 11:57 PM

    Chowface86
    Put the meth down.
    Did you trade for Brady bc ASmith sucks just like his gay celebrations push my arms down by my side like a dick..

  23. tomossriceenoughsaid says: Mar 13, 2012 11:58 PM

    peepeetoucher says:
    Mar 13, 2012 11:49 PM
    Moss also can earn up to $1.5 million in incentives tied to playing time, receptions, and qualifying for the Pro Bowl.

    I don’t get the pro bowl incentive…Pro Bowl is really a popularity contest not necessarily the best player at that position, so it shouldn’t be tied in to any contract. Some get to pro bowl on rep alone not always by playing well that season. Why would teams agree to that?

    you may be mistaken this with the nba all-star game, the nfl pro bowl voting is fairly accurate

  24. sixjak says: Mar 14, 2012 12:08 AM

    Manning cant do much if hes on his back and having to impersonate Vick. Not in his wheelhouse. Actually the biggest obstacle for Manning if he goes to AZ would be SF’s D. He gets to play them 2x’s a year. He better pray that AZ’s Swiss cheese Oline can protect him if he goes there.

    Love all the nay sayers. The 9ers FO will demonstrate yet again that they know what they’re doing. Haters.

  25. vern1677 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:21 AM

    Bring back brandon lloyd

  26. vern1677 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:23 AM

    bring back brandon lloyd please

  27. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 14, 2012 12:37 AM

    So, what’s the over/under an which week he gets cut?

    Because there is no way Moss will not act up in someway during the season.

  28. biz518 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:50 AM

    because popularity is important for the franchise, and having as many SF helmets in the pro bowl as possible is good for business no matter what the reason they are there is

  29. durazor says: Mar 14, 2012 1:01 AM

    He couldn’t even last in New England of all places!
    Wait til he’s not getting the rock thrown his way then comes the “I PLAY WHEN I WANT TO PLAY” scenario. STRAIGHT UP CASH HOMEY!!!

  30. phelbin says: Mar 14, 2012 1:01 AM

    I was disappointed when the Niners promoted Trent Baalke to GM instead of hiring someone more experienced. Man was I wrong! This guy is really doing a great job.

  31. eleventy4 says: Mar 14, 2012 1:59 AM

    @tomossriceenoughsaid

    2 points.

    1, I don’t see how Arizona can afford Manning after the huge contract they just gave Kevin Kolb just last year! If they do, they won’t be able to afford anyone for him to throw to. Fitz can be in triple coverage, and everyone else on the field will stink. Win win.

    2, it can be argued that QBs can make the receiver, but the receiver can certainly make the QB. People say Smith can’t throw the deep ball, but who was his deep threat? Whenever he could get Davis to break free, he got the deep ball done. And he hasn’t had anyone to throw the jump ball to either. Without Megatron, Stafford would still be good, but dude, he might as well be underhand-lobbing them out there for him. Moss has height, and so does this Raiders guy everyone is talking about.

    Give Smith height and speed and see what happens. And if it doesn’t work out, we will finally have the answer to the Alex Smith conundrum. He will have the same system, and the tools needed. Won’t it be nice to have that monkey off our backs? Just ask Steve Young :-P

  32. shaggytoodle says: Mar 14, 2012 3:24 AM

    @tomossriceenoughsaid

    I am pretty sure that the 9ers will do well in that weak division. The only hiccup as I said was the chance Manning signed in Zona.

    I think that the NFC west is least likely to have a wild card team.

    While the salary is is low and all, it just doesn’t make sense the guy wasn’t the answer in Minny. or Tenn. as many thought.

    I doubt he will be this time.

  33. westclaims says: Mar 15, 2012 12:18 PM

    As a Cards fan, I laughed at the fact that Harbaugh threw to Moss when he worked out, not Smith. Now I know why Harbaugh stays with Alex Smith as his QB. Ego only. Harbaugh has to be the best QB in the room. And some people thought the Niners would make a play for Manning? No way, not with Harbaugh there. He can’t have any QB that may challenge his knowledge of the position. And Smith certainly fits that role.

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