By Eric Schmidt

San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss is believed to be wanting to play one more season in the NFL. He is scheduled to become a free agent after this season and his future with the Niners is in doubt. He was not the impact player that the Niners were hoping for this season, although he was not a distraction on or off the field for San Francisco this season. Could a reunion with the New England Patriots be on the horizon in 2013?

ESPN Boston suggests this morning that Moss could be an option to rejoin the Patriots this offseason. Moss was shipped out of New England and his production with the Niners this year was disappointing. 40 receptions for 434 yards and just three touchdowns. The Niners might be inclined to move forward with a more explosive compliment for Michael Crabtree.

The lack of a deep threat at the receiver position was evident in the Patriots loss to the Baltimore Ravens. There are a number of potential free agents on the New England roster. Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Julian Edleman and Donte Stallworth‘s future are all in doubt to return.

Is Moss the answer though to solve the Patriots receiving issues? Not at this point in his career. Don’t look for a return of the Moss that accounted for 47 scores between 2007-2009. The soon to be 36-year old receiver no longer strikes fear in opposing defenses. He would likely be an occasional deep threat, but the Patriots need to get younger at their receiving corps, not add another mid-30 something pass catcher.

Head coach Bill Belichick loves veteran players, but they need young legs in the receiving corps and Moss would be nothing more than a stop gap measure. With QB Tom Brady another year older next season, the window of opportunity isn’t shut yet, but it’s getting ready to close. New England needs some youth.

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