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March 12, 2012
York on Moss: 'We need someone to stretch the field'

His quarterback is a day away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, but 49ers President Jed York isn't panicking. "The conversations are going back and forth," York said outside of team headquarters Monday. "We want Alex (Smith) to be here. We'll see how it ends up."

Asked if he was surprised a deal hasn't been reached by now, especially since there's a long-stated mutual attraction between Smith and the team, York said there's no rush. "Free agency hasn't started yet, and I think we feel pretty good about where we are," he said. "We'll see how it ends up."

York also was asked about Randy Moss, who flew into town on Sunday. The 35-year-old veteran receiver arrived at team headquarters this morning, had a physical at Stanford and is currently working out (11:30 a.m.) with coaches, including Jim Harbaugh, who is the de facto quarterback.

York said he fully supported Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke in navigating the team through free agency. "Jim and Trent want to see if (Moss) can play," York said. "We need someone to stretch the field. And it's up to those guys o figure out if he can fit."

York also was asked about the team's apparent lack of interest in free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning. "That's not my choice. It's up to the coaches," he said. Would have liked to have seen Manning in a 49ers uniform? "I'd like to support Trent and coach, and do whatever they need to get done," York said.

After York spoke, another receiver, soon-to-be free agent Josh Morgan, arrived for a workout. Morgan begged off reporters but did say his leg, which he broke Oct. 5, was good enough to dunk over a 5-5 reporter. That is, it's fully healed. Morgan is expected to have many suitors, including the 49ers, when free agency begins tomorrow at 1 p.m.

York said the team's approach will be the same as it was last year. "Always build through the draft, supplement through free agency."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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