Just days after news broke that free agent Randy Moss won't be back with the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, SI.com's Peter King promoted the idea that the future Hall of Famer played well enough to draw one more contract from another team.
Moss told players on the 49ers that he believes he still can play at a high level, according to CBSSports.com. Those same teammates believe Moss would continue his career only if he can land a job with a contender this season.
We don't share King's optimism on that front.
Moss essentially was a non-factor for the 49ers down the stretch, even when his snaps picked up following season-ending injuries to Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams. No stranger to having his attitude and effort questioned, Moss drew sharp criticism for nonchalance on the biggest sports stage in the world.
As we see on an annual basis, there's no roster space for a declining wide receiver no longer effective enough to play regular offensive snaps. Fourth and fifth receivers must contribute on special teams.
Throw in Moss' need for a strong head coach willing to put his neck on the line for a potential headache, and it's easy to see that the decision on his football future is out of his hands.Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.