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March 2, 2013
Moss bids 49ers farewell via Twitter

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Randy Moss appears to have run a fade route on Twitter.

The veteran wide receiver, who said he thought he should have been used more in the 49ers offense last season, bid his former team a fond farewell on the social media site. Moss will become a free agent on March 12, and to this point there has been no talk between Moss and the 49er about another year.

"Wished we could've finished the job!!," Moss wrote Saturday night. "thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers."

Moss received constant kudos from head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2012 for his work ethic both on the field and in the classroom, and the young 49ers hung on Moss' every word as if he were an oracle. But Moss' playing time was divided among two other receivers -- Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams -- early in the season, and even when those two got hurt late in the year, Moss didn't see a lot of passes thrown his way. He caught 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns, and he had none of the deep-down-the-field receptions that made him famous and for what he primarily will be voted into the hall of fame

At the Super Bowl, Moss, 36, said he wanted to play in 2013. Would it be in San Francisco, he was asked? "I don't know about that," he said. "Next question.

Moss also used the "next question" tactic when asked, earlier in the year, if he was happy with his scant playing time. When pressed on the topic later in the session, he demurred, "Because it's really not up to me. Like I said, I come out here and practice every day and when called upon, I just go out there and try to make a play. It's not up to me."

At the NFL combine last month, general manager Trent Baalke sounded a lot like Harbaugh in celebrating the receiver's leadership skills and intelligence. Baalke, however, was noncommittal when asked about another season with Moss

"We're certainly happy that he was there," Baalke said. "Is he going to return this year? I don't know that yet."

Without Moss, the 49ers have few options for the wideout spot opposite Michael Crabtree. Manningham and Williams both are returning from late-season ACL tears, and the 49ers seem as unwilling to strike a new deal with Ted Ginn as they do with Moss. Meanwhile, 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins, who didn't catch as pass last season, currently is working out in Atlanta with Colin Kaepernick. The team signed ex-49ers receiver Joe Hastings last week and they have two receivers from the 2012 practice squad, Ricardo Lockette and Chad Hall, signed for this season as well.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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