Published March 11, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – Wide receiver Randy Moss was set to work out Monday for the San Francisco 49ers, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Moss is attempting to make an NFL comeback after a year out of pro football. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because it wasn't made public that the veteran wideout would hold a session for the NFC West champion Niners a day before the start of the free agency period.
The 49ers also are working to re-sign quarterback Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005, and have reportedly made him an offer.
ESPN first reported Moss' scheduled workout on Sunday.
The 35-year-old Moss, who worked out last Tuesday with the New Orleans Saints, played for New England, Minnesota and Tennessee in a rocky 2010 season. He could help fill a big void after 49ers receivers managed just one catch for 3 yards in a 20-17 loss in the NFC championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants at Candlestick Park on Jan. 22.
San Francisco cut ties with Braylon Edwards in December and already was without Joshua Morgan, who broke a bone in his lower leg Oct. 9 against Tampa Bay, had surgery to have screws inserted and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Morgan is expected to generate his share of interest in free agency.
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco's 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft, had 72 receptions for 874 yards and four touchdowns.
Moss' best season came for the Patriots in 2007, when he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and single-season record 23 touchdowns in helping New England to a 16-0 regular-season record.
Moss has 954 catches for 14,858 yards and 153 TDs in his 13-year career, which included a stint in the Bay Area with the Oakland Raiders in 2005 and '06.
Moss has had more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season 10 times, second only to Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who did that 14 times.