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Niners making it clear Moss won’t be back

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It’s unknown where the career of the self-styled greatest receiver to ever play the game will continue.

But it apparently won’t be in San Francisco.

Per a league source, the Niners were making it clear at the Scouting Combine that they intend to steer clear of Moss in 2013.

While the team praised Moss during his extended periods of media silence throughout the 2012 season, his decision to remove the restrictor plate from his vocal cords in the days before the Super Bowl provided insight into the attitude with which the team was dealing.

He didn’t like his role.  Though he didn’t say so publicly until late January, it’s safe to assume he was getting his point across privately, based on his history.

Ultimately, Moss didn’t perform and didn’t produce.  Thus, his role likely was a product of what the team deemed him to be worthy.

Moving forward, all indications are the 49ers don’t deem him to be worthy of another contract.

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35 Responses to “Niners making it clear Moss won’t be back”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Mar 2, 2013 4:37 PM

    Are the Niners nice to anyone?

  2. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 2, 2013 4:39 PM

    He is a great character guy ..the ravens need some of those.

  3. mrwillie says: Mar 2, 2013 4:42 PM

    I had to check, for a second I thought I logged on TMZ with all this gossip.

  4. noburghfan says: Mar 2, 2013 4:47 PM

    Who would have thought ? Just because of lack of effort ?

  5. cometkazie says: Mar 2, 2013 4:47 PM

    More move on than move forward.

  6. 2greatgoldens says: Mar 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    Hate to say I told you so, but I did…..

  7. steviemo says: Mar 2, 2013 4:57 PM

    Good bye and good riddance to a guy who was the opposite of a leader, was shown the door by three teams in one season, who only played when he felt like playing, only tried hard when his team was doing well (look up “front-runner” in the dictionary), and was King of the I-My-Me Club along with Terrell Owens.

    The good news is that the football gods denied him a Super Bowl ring, which in the scheme of things is known as poetic justice.

  8. j0esixpack says: Mar 2, 2013 5:05 PM

    Didn’t he boast he was the best WR on the team? Guess not

    Hey, at least he didn’t get Harbaugh fired. 3 out of the 4 coaches he played for in 2010 got fired.

  9. pcoz99 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:06 PM

    One of the main reasons they lost IMO. He was wide open on the post when V Davis dropped the ball, and in the end zone 3 times. They didn’t use him at all this year. He certainly caught everything his way and can still run just fine. 156 TD’s later on the lack of effort BS. He was a all-pro decoy, and like the last 4 plays of the SB, Harbaugh mishandled Moss too.

  10. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:09 PM

    I think the “I don’t like my roll” comment was misunderstood. I think he mentioned it to say that even though be doesn’t like his roll he’s buying in to the team concept. He was trying to show how he grew as a person and player.

  11. cowboysallday says: Mar 2, 2013 5:09 PM

    During the Super Bowl if you pay attention to Moss on some of the plays, he’s actually wide open. Colin just never looked the guys way

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2013 5:12 PM

    He doesn’t fit under the cap very well.

  13. blackngold4life says: Mar 2, 2013 5:18 PM

    I saw dude wide open on plenty of plays..runnin and waiven his hands..

  14. dirtysouthniner says: Mar 2, 2013 5:19 PM

    We had arguably the 4 best recievers ever with Bruce maybe just a top 20guy. Two of them were model citizens and players the other two had a world more of talent but let their heads get in the way..shame, TO n moss were crazy good!!

  15. bassinitup90 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:24 PM

    Kaepernick will be fine wit what the niners still have at WR. Lets see what AJ Jenkins can do.

  16. caeser12 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:32 PM

    What a shock!

  17. daknight93 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:33 PM

    Just let it go Moss and retire…

  18. goldrush36 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:37 PM

    Why when they can draft Justin Hunter courtesy of Andy Reid. Offers the same frame, similar speed, a monster vertical, youth and at least a threat of being a consistent performer at a much reduced price and headache. Oh he also LIKES playing the middle to test defenses from every aspect not just at the edge but I digress they will probably draft the #3 guy from Kalamazoo instead. Ever since Streets who was just okay this team has had a problem with drafting wideouts. Hell even Crabtree was a no brainer and can’t miss guy yet it still took 3 years

  19. rajbais says: Mar 2, 2013 5:38 PM

    I knew it once Super Bowl 47 concluded!!!

    Moss’ cheerleaders Heath Evans and Brian Billick can eat it!!!!

    Enjoy struggling to find a job in training camp Randy!

  20. justafanofitall says: Mar 2, 2013 5:39 PM

    Towards the end of the season when one receiver was hurt, Moss filled in very nicely. Seems he still has the game. Some team could use him especially when he remained silent with the media during the season.

  21. goldrush36 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    pcoz99 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:06 PM

    One of the main reasons they lost IMO. He was wide open on the post when V Davis dropped the ball, and in the end zone 3 times. They didn’t use him at all this year. He certainly caught everything his way and can still run just fine. 156 TD’s later on the lack of effort BS. He was a all-pro decoy, and like the last 4 plays of the SB, Harbaugh mishandled Moss too.
    ___________________________________
    Umm which Moss did you watch. He most certainly did not catch everything thrown his way and many others he gave up. The only reason he didn’t lead the team in drops is because of Delanie Walker

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2013 5:42 PM

    Just from looking at the picture, it can’t be because there wasn’t enough room under the cap for Randy.

  23. goldrush36 says: Mar 2, 2013 5:48 PM

    cowboysallday says: Mar 2, 2013 5:09 PM

    During the Super Bowl if you pay attention to Moss on some of the plays, he’s actually wide open. Colin just never looked the guys way
    _____________________________________
    That’s because at first he did a lot in trying to get the ball to Moss and many of them yielded incompletions even though they could’ve and should’ve been caught. Kaepernick never had a problem looking his way but as with Alex in 2011 with Crabtree, Colin stopped trusting Moss in crucial moments. Why do you think back to back years ONE single player became the focal point? Crabtree couldn’t be trusted in the clutch in ’11. Moss in ’12 but for the life of me that doesn’t explain why he didn’t look to Vernon at the end

  24. ddogdaddy says: Mar 2, 2013 6:07 PM

    I am guessing he might end up a Cardinal next year. Arians is looking for another receiver to stretch the field and Moss can still do that.

  25. chi01town says: Mar 2, 2013 6:11 PM

    Randy Moss can only catch the ball
    if the QB throw it too him. the 49ers
    Lossed the Superbowl because they
    didnt make Moss a threat all season by getting him the ball a lot more. Moss still has the speed and the hands and thats why he will play again this season IF HE WANTS TO.

  26. pacificnw7722 says: Mar 2, 2013 6:11 PM

    See ya in the funny papers Randy……or maybe on re-runs on Moss TV.

  27. thegonz13 says: Mar 2, 2013 6:16 PM

    Lack of effort, lack of interest on his part. During the Super Bowl, he just watched one of Kaepernick’s passes fly over him. Never moved and the pass was picked off.

  28. cuda1234 says: Mar 2, 2013 6:44 PM

    While the media loves to gush over these running qb’s, other skill position players want nothing to do with them.

    Running backs want to carry the ball, not block for their qb. TE’s and WR’s want to catch the ball, not block for their qb. Skill position guys get paid (and famous) for what they do with the ball in their hands, not for blocking for a guy who wants to be a one-man show.

  29. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 2, 2013 6:50 PM

    I kind of hope this guy doesn’t make it to the hall of fame. Outrageously huge numbers but the guy comes up so small in the biggest of games. I have to think that plays into the equation somehow.

  30. hatesycophants says: Mar 2, 2013 7:10 PM

    None of this rank, self-serving speculation is safe to assume.

    Whether Moss stays or not is immaterial. This post is still a pile of crap.

  31. oakfosho says: Mar 2, 2013 7:26 PM

    Biggest punk ever!! Straight cash homie.

  32. fdugrad says: Mar 2, 2013 8:00 PM

    This man has been a constant source of trouble since his “student-athlete” days. He had an alarmingly poor work ethic and was frequently not coachable. Just like other high maintenance WRs, along the lines of Ocho and TO, Randy is now going to find out that all the “little people” he disdained and mistreated over his years of stardom have not gone away. They, along with their influential friends and contacts have been hiding in the tall grass, waiting for Father Time to visit the “greatest receiver,” forcing him to seek gainful employment in the “Real World” It will be interesting to see exactly how RM parlays a miserable personality, suspect and spotty effort on work assignments, and a lack of formal education towards the next forty years of his life. One wonders if Randy has been more careful than Sapp and VY etc., when it comes to managing his fortune? Certainly, all those “little people” are waiting anxiously.

  33. johnnyb216 says: Mar 2, 2013 10:57 PM

    But I thought I remember harbaugh saying he was the best receiver on the team just before the season started last year! Hmmm…

  34. ben1332 says: Mar 2, 2013 11:01 PM

    8.5 yards per target, 25% of his catches went for more than 20 yards and 79% of his catches were good for first-downs but he didn’t produce? Those numbers are better than probably at least 85% of the receivers in the league and he was paid about $2,000,000. He made the most of the limited opportunities he had but people are still upset at him because he thinks he’s the best. “He’s got some nerve saying he’s that good. He only played with a Hall of Fame quarterback for 2 years & 4 games. If he was really that good he’d have played with Joe Montana and Steve Young for 14 years.”

  35. steviemo says: Mar 3, 2013 11:44 AM

    The fact is if you asked NFL executives whether they’d want Rice or Moss on their team, every one of them would take Rice — for his work ethic and attitude alone — let alone the fact Rice outperformed and outproduced him. Not even close.

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