Was Moss Close to Going to the 49’ers?

Were the San Francisco 49’ers a team in the mix when the Raiders were shopping around troubled wide out Randy Moss? That’s the word in Sunday’s Boston Globe, which says that the Raiders called San Fran about Moss, but the 49’ers had cold feet about him due to the issues they had last season with wide receiver Antonio Bryant. 49’ers VP of player personnel Scot McCloughan reportedly felt that leadership in the locker room was an issue, and that bringing in Moss, a player with a ton of ability, but known to cause problems, was not the right thing to do at the time.

Moss to date has not caused any waves with his new team, the New England Patriots. In what many around the league thought was a steal, the Pats on the second day of the draft, pulled the trigger on Moss, and grabbed him from the Raiders. The move makes the Pats, a team that was ultra-agressive during free agency, even more dangerous. Last season Moss caught 42 passes for 553 yards and 3 TD’s with the Raiders in what was his lowest output in his nine NFL seasons. In three years with Oakland he caught 151 passes.

If Moss can regain anywhere near the type of form he had with the Vikings, when he would catch anywhere between about 70 and 100 passes a season, and stay on best behavior under Bill Belichick and his new QB – Tom Brady, the Pats got themselves a steal, and it might be a move down the road that the 49’ers regret passing on.

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