People are wearing skin off their knuckles from all the hand-wringing going on over the 49ers' signing of wide receiver Randy Moss. Add to that Tuesday's signing of cornerback Perrish Cox, and the angst level is shooting through the roof.
Can these guys still play in the NFL after both sat out the 2011 season? My guess is yes. The people who judge personnel for the 49ers the guys who put together a 14-4 team that came two special-teams gaffes from playing in the Super Bowl think so.
Moss sat out last season of his own accord, choosing a short retirement after a 2010 that saw him play for three teams.
Cox was found not guilty of felonious sexual assault this month, charges that kept him out of the NFL last season. That's way more serious than being a lousy teammate, but Cox says he appreciates the 49ers finding out "the kind of guy I am."
Could be quite a revelation, and both men could show rejuvenated character as they recapture athletic respect.
More likely, though, they'll find out that the 49ers, led by no-nonsense high achievers such as Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Frank Gore, and, yes, Alex Smith, will require a certain approach that brooks no selfishness.
The team climbed from the NFL's depths because its players pulled together. You can bet they will welcome contributions from newcomers, even those with loaded baggage.
Expect that welcome to last, however, only as long as the new guys show they can be part of that larger enterprise.
What to watch
College basketball, Cal vs. South Florida, 6 p.m., TruTV: The Bears play a First Four game to get into NCAA Tournament.
What do you think of the 49ers signing wide receiver Randy Moss?
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