Randy Moss resurrected his career to reach the Super Bowl, but that hasn't assured his return to the 49ers' roster.
Meanwhile, A.J. Jenkins failed to produce a single reception in his first season, but the 49ers are standing behind last year's first-round draft pick.
Out with the old, in with the new? That could be the 49ers' plan, although general manager Trent Baalke praised both wide receivers while speaking with the media at the NFL's scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Moss' work ethic, leadership and football intelligence were highlighted by Baalke, who added: "We're certainly happy that he was there. Is he going to return? I don't know that yet."
Moss also expressed uncertainty about his future prior to the 49ers' Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens. While proclaiming himself as the greatest receiver ever during Media Day, Moss indicated he wants to play a 15th season in the NFL. Asked whether that would be with the 49ers, he replied: "I don't know about that. Next question."
Moss then admitted he disliked his role as a supporting player, totaling just 28 receptions — the same amount as running back Frank Gore. But Moss' unhappiness wasn't visibly expressed during the season, and Baalke praised his presence.
"Randy's a pro. I can't say enough good things about Randy, and if you ask anybody within our organization, they'd say the same thing," Baalke said. "One of the first guys to work every day, one of the last to leave. A guy that takes great care of his body, that is one of the smartest football players, if not the smartest football player, I've been around. He grasped the offense very quickly. He was a real leader in that group, in that room."
Also in that receivers' room was Jenkins, who dropped the only pass thrown his way while suiting up for just six games, including the playoff opener.
"A.J.'s a young man that's worked awfully hard. He's going to continue to work hard," Baalke said.
Jenkins, according to Baalke, is expected to start training soon in Atlanta with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and fellow receivers Ricardo Lockette and Chad Hall.
"They're going to go at it this offseason," Baalke added. "The biggest growth in players is always between year one and year two, and we expect that's what's going to happen with A.J., just as we do with all of our young players."
The 49ers could be looking to bolster their receiving unit again this offseason, through either the draft, free agency or trades. Moss and Ted Ginn Jr. are ticketed for free agency. Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams are recovering from torn anterior cruciate ligaments.