49ers general manager Trent Baalke hit the airwaves earlier this week and discussed a whole host of topics. Getting him on the radio provided KNBR with a chance to inquire about all sorts of possibilities. Team officials are in a difficult position this week when discussing impending free agents because they are not free agents yet. The NFL does not take tampering allegations lightly, which leaves front office personnel and coaches using as much double-talk as possible to avoid any hint of tampering.
Trent Baalke was asked about Peyton Manning on the radio, but given that Manning had not yet been released, it was not surprising when Baalke denied having him in or having any internal discussions. Baalke was a bit more open to discussing Randy Moss because Moss is a free agent and can sign with anybody at any time:
On Randy Moss, who reportedly had a strong workout today in New Orleans: "Everything's in play. I mean, we're going to take a look at all our options. ... We're not going to rule anybody out."
That does not exactly qualify as a "Hell Yea we're gonna try and sign him" but obviously the team is at least going to kick the tires on the veteran receiver. There are certainly some pros and cons for considering Moss. He would come extraordinarily cheap as he said he is not even looking for a guaranteed contract for this season. He simply wants to get a chance to prove he can still play.
He put on a workout at the New Orleans Saints facilities yesterday morning and reports indicate he a ran a 40-yard dash in the 4.39 to 4.4 range. If that is accurate, that's not too shabby. He apparently also caught approximately 50 passes in a variety of routes. He could sign with the Saints sooner rather than later, but if more teams get in on the bidding, who knows what might result.
While there is no guarantee he will provide anything this fall, a strong showing is at least a step in the right direction for him. If a contending team can get him in camp for a non-guaranteed deal, it seems like it might very well be worth a roll of the dice.