Moss pointed to "personal reasons" for his one-year retirement from the game. Asked to elaborate, he said he would "rather not even talk about it" because no one would understand. Moss said his return was "a family decision" reflecting his love for the game and belief that he can "play at a high level" at age 35.
Why the 49ers? Moss: "Their upside was something that I studied and looked at and evaluated. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh is really a young, enthusiastic coach. I love enthusiasm. When they picked me up from the airport last night and everything we talked about, and coming in and taking a physical and working out, a lot of things stood out. It was really a no-brainer."
Moss repeatedly referenced his passion for the game as a reason for returning.
Moss said he does not know Alex Smith. He would not speak specifically about Smith or receiver Michael Crabtree, instead saying he looked forward to working with "all the guys" on the team. But if any young player did seek knowledge from him, Moss would be eager to help. Moss: "If those guys are willing to accept me as a teammate, I'm willing to give my knowledge, my work ethic. I look forward to working with these young guys." Moss talked in terms of giving back to the game.
The 49ers have not settled on a specific role for Moss. Moss said that would happen once they got into minicamps. Moss: "Whatever my role is going to be, I just want to get out there and be productive."
Moss clearly enjoyed catching passes from Harbaugh during his workout. He said Harbaugh "can still bring it with his old age" and joked that the 49ers' coach probably had an icepack on his shoulder tonight.
Thanks to Moss and the 49ers for making time late on a Monday.