Randy Moss announces departure from San Francisco via Twitter
“Wished we could've finished the job!! Thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers,” wrote Randy Ross.
The 36-year-old Randy Moss came out of a single year of retirement last February to sign a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers during free agency. In the season opener, Randy Moss had the highest production in a game during the season, registering four receptions for 47 yards and one touchdown in the 30-22 win against the Green Bay Packers.
Despite receiving great praise from San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and being lauded by teammates as a leader in the locker room, Randy Moss received only two starts, splitting playing time with receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams early in the season. Even when the San Francisco 49ers’ were depleted at the spot later in the season Randy Moss continued to see very little of the ball being thrown his way. Randy Moss finished the season with 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns.
Randy Moss added seven receptions for 112 yards and no touchdowns in the three starts during the San Francisco 49ers’ playoffs run; including the two receptions for 41 yards complied in the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens. However, by the Super Bowl, Randy Moss was increasingly frustrated by his limited role with the San Francisco 49ers, and proclaimed himself as the NFL's greatest receiver ever.
Such comments and an unimpressive production last season (including lack of his signature long receptions) contributed to the San Francisco 49ers’ reservations towards retaining Randy Moss with great surety next season. San Francisco 49ers’ general manager Trent Baalke was noncommittal towards guaranteeing Randy Moss’ roster position for the 2013 season.
"We're certainly happy that he was there," said Trent Baalke. "Is he going to return this year? I don't know that yet.”
Prior to the Super Bowl, Randy Moss expressed he still hoped to play next season but declined to comment on whether those plans included San Francisco 49ers.
"I told Coach Harbaugh back during the OTAs and minicamp that, first of all, I wanted to make the team and then be able to go out here and make plays," Randy Moss said on Jan30. "The playmaking has not really been there this year, but, like I said, everything else has really been there."
Randy Moss is set to become an unrestricted free agent by March 12.