Randy Moss has been one of the most explosive receivers in the history of the NFL during his 14-year career. However, after a disappointing 2012-13 season in San Francisco, it appears the defending NFC champions will choose to look for wide receiver help elsewhere.
UPDATE: Saturday, March 2, at 11:05 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
Moss confirmed that he would not be returning to the 49ers with a tweet on his personal Twitter account, thanking the fans and wishing the organization the best of luck in the future:
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While production and age are likely factors in the decision, Florio notes that Moss was unhappy with his role on the team:
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.
No. 84 had just 28 catches for 434 yards during a disappointing season with the 49ers. He added three touchdowns, but he wasn't the deep threat opposite Michael Crabtree whom many had hoped when he signed a one-year contract prior to the 2012 season.
He didn't do much during the playoffs either, failing to stretch the field while picking up just seven receptions in three games. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick also hurled a crucial interception in the Super Bowl with Moss as his intended receiver.
The biggest question from this news: Is it time for Moss to retire?
It's clear Moss still thinks he can help contending teams. But after a lackluster season on one of the NFL's most explosive offenses, how much does he have left in the tank?
Moss' career highlights are well-documented. He's in the Top 10 in NFL history in receptions (982), receiving yards (15,292) and receiving touchdowns (156), and his total touchdown mark (157) trails only Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson.
We all know that Moss is an NFL legend. After Saturday's report, we also know that he won't have a chance to help San Francisco get back to the Super Bowl next season.