The San Francisco 49ers made the Randy Moss signing official half an hour ago as they sent out the official press release and had the conference call introducing Moss to the media. I had to cut out of it a little early because some genius with ESPN LA Radio had some feedback issues throughout. There will probably be audio of the conference call at some point, but I thought I'd hit the high points for now.
Moss said all the right things about being motivated to play and do whatever is needed to be productive. It sounds like he had some personal non-football reasons for not playing last year, but he seems ready to get back on the field. There is a long way between a conference call and this fall, but if he is as motivated as he sounds, I am quite excited about the potential of this signing. He turned 35 last month, so it remains to be seen how Father Time impacts his performance, but my fingers are crossed for big things.
Given the 49ers blue collar mentality that was discussed in so much depth last season, it should surprise nobody that a question came up about it. A reporter can't come out and say, "Hey, we know your reputation, are you gonna dog it?" But someone came out and mention the blue collar rep of the 49ers and his thoughts on it. He acknowledged the reputation he has in the media. He followed that up by saying, "They've (the 49ers) done their homework on me, otherwise they wouldn't have brought me in here."
From the tweets earlier today, it sounds like Moss only worked out for about 15 minutes. However, he then spent several hours at the facility. My guess would be that the discussion included a variety of topics from on the field to off the field. The 49ers front office has a lot of smart people and I would not imagine this is some kind of whim move. Now we get to see if this pays off moving forward.
One side note. The highlight of the interview had to be Randy saying how so much stood out, including Jim Harbaugh picking him up at the airport. That is probably the least surprising development thus far. Justin Smith gets the helicopter ride with Mike Nolan. Randy Moss gets a ride to Santa Clara with Jim Harbaugh.