SANTA CLARA -- Veteran wide receiver Randy Moss has made quite an impression upon the 49ers since signing here in the offseason. As a result, coach Jim Harbaugh is intent upon extending the relationship.

"For official publication I, for one, definitely want Randy to come back," Harbaugh said Friday. "I hope he feels the same way."

There's no way of knowing what Moss is thinking on the subject.

"I have no comment," Moss said, when asked for comment on Harbaugh's strong endorsement.

Moss caught 28 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. He added two receptions for 25 yards in the 49ers' 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC divisional playoff game last Saturday night.

Coaches and players have raved all season about Moss' work ethic, leadership and value to the 49ers, especially as a player willing to do whatever it takes to help the team succeed.

Younger players have gravitated toward Moss in hopes of learning how to better prepare for themselves of the rigors of the NFL and gleaning anything they can of use from a player destined to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Moss took on a heightened role when starter Mario Manningham suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 23.

Harbaugh said the 49ers haven't spoken with Moss' agent about a new contract, but he made it clear that they have every intention of doing so when the time is right.


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The 49ers signed Moss to a one-year contract March 12 in an attempt to bolster their receiving corps. Moss is nearing the end of his 14th season.