You can never get a straight, honest answer out of Jim Harbaugh.
With the recent injury to wide receiver Michael Crabtree that will sideline him for at least six months, it only seems logical that the San Francisco 49ers would pursue bringing back veteran Randy Moss to re-join their team.
Harbaugh, however, indirectly suggested that nothing will be happening with Moss.
“We’re excited for the young receivers that we have,” Harbaugh said when asked by NFL.com about a Moss reunion. “Really feel that somebody’s going to emerge there because they have to. And competition will create that. And we’ll look forward to watching that.”
Ed Werder of ESPN confirmed that the 49ers had “no recent contact” with Moss before or after Crabtree’s injury,
Moss recorded 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns while playing in all 16 games lastseason. By no means was it a disappointment, considering that he had been out of football entirely in 2011 and played for three different teams in 2010.
However, the future Hall of Famer failed to provide the “spark” or big plays that he became famous for while with the Vikings and Patriots earlier in his career.
As a result, he was not re-signed by the 49ers and is still a free agent.
Without Crabtree, the 49ers offense is not nearly as potent. He caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards last season for nine touchdowns. It was surely a breakout year for Crabtree, who was poised for more success in 2013-2014.
Which brings up the Moss rumors that Harbaugh, for some reason, wants to dispel.