Randy Moss to Make NFL Return on 1-Year San Francisco 49ers Deal

Randy Moss ended his seven-month retirement from the National Football League by joining the San Francisco 49ers on a one-year contract.

The six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, who is tied with Terrell Owens for second on the NFL career list with 153 touchdown catches, worked out for the 49ers yesterday afternoon and had signed with the team by the evening.

“It really was a no-brainer for me to come and play for the 49ers,” Moss said in a conference call last night. “I just want to get back to what I do, playing football and stretching the field.”

Moss announced his plan to make a comeback on Feb. 13, his 35th birthday. He retired Aug. 1 after 13 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. He has 14,858 receiving yards, fifth on the NFL career list, and is ninth with 954 receptions.

Moss, who worked out for the New Orleans Saints last week, said the timing of his announcement had nothing to do with today’s opening of the NFL free-agent signing period.

“I’m not a free agent,” he said. “I’m a guy straight off the couch, straight off the streets.”

The 49ers reached the National Football Conference championship game in January, losing in overtime to the New York Giants. Their passing game ranked 29th among the 32 NFL teams during the 2011 regular season.

“We are pleased to add a player with Randy’s wealth of experience to our receiving corps,” 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a team release. “Randy’s productivity over the course of his career speaks for itself. We look forward to integrating him into our system.”

Moss caught passes during his workout from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback. Harbaugh, 48, was pressed into duty because current players cannot participate in workouts until the league year begins today.

“He can still bring it at his old age,” Moss said of Harbaugh. “He’s probably sitting there with an icepack now, but he can still bring it.”

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