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Randy Moss back in NFL, signs with 49ers

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Apparently, all Jim Harbaugh needed to see was one workout.

The San Francisco 49ers head coach served as Randy Moss' quarterback at a Monday workout. Hours later, the formerly retired receiver was the newest member of the squad.

Moss signed a one-year deal with the 49ers on Monday night. The signing brings the outspoken wide receiver back to the NFL after he sat out all of last season. The move appears to be a low-risk, high-reward move for the 49ers, who had made adding multiple wide receivers a high priority this offseason.

In addition to his all-world talent, Moss, of course, brings the question marks surrounding his character. The 35-year-old has admitted in the past to taking plays off and has worn out his welcome at most of his NFL stops.

But when focused on playing football, few players have changed the game from the wide receiver position quite like the 6-foot-4 Moss. Moss is a six-time Pro Bowler and currently ranks 9th all time in receptions, 5th all time in receiving yards and 2nd all time in receiving touchdowns, behind former 49ers great Jerry Rice. His combination of size and speed made him perhaps the most feared offensive weapon in football during his best seasons.

The question is, does Moss have anything left in the tank? His workouts have been closed to the public, and because of his year-long absence last season, nobody has really seen Moss play since the 2010 season when he looked like a shell of his former self. Moss assured reporters that he still has a passion for football and wants to help the 49ers anyway he can. He must have shown something Monday to make the 49ers move so quickly.

With no quarterbacks in town, the 49ers used Harbaugh to throw Moss passes during Monday's workout. Moss commented that Harbaugh "can still wing it." Harbaugh was a former NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.

The signing of Moss will likely not stop the 49ers from continuing their pursuit of wide receivers. The team was hurt by a lack of depth at the position last season. Starter Michael Crabtree will return, but Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn Jr. are free agents. Kyle Williams, the goat of the 49ers playoff loss to the New York Giants, is under contract and figures to return.

San Francisco holds the 30th pick in the next month's NFL Draft and may elect to choose a receiver in the early rounds. The team expects to re-sign Alex Smith to man the quarterback position.

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