SANTA CLARA -- Randy Moss is close to returning to the NFL, albeit as a television analyst instead of the self-proclaimed, best receiver ever.
Moss, who played for the 49ers last season, has a tentative deal to work for Fox Sports, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
After spending 2011 out of the NFL for what he termed family issues, Moss returned to catch 28 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns as a part-time starter with the 49ers. He added seven receptions for 112 yards in the playoffs, including just two catches for 41 yards in the Super Bowl XLVII loss to Baltimore.
Moss, 36, played on a one-year contract with the 49ers. He expressed no interest in returning to the team when asked about his future just days before the Super Bowl. At the same time, Moss declared himself the best wide receiver to ever play in the NFL.
Asked last month if Moss had contacted the 49ers about returning to them, general manager Trent Baalke said: "I can't say whether he has or hasn't, but nobody is off limits. Nobody."
Moss played 14 seasons in the NFL, including 2005-06 with the Raiders. He ranks among the NFL's all-time leaders in touchdown catches (second-most, 156), receiving yards (third, 15,292) and receptions (ninth, 982).
Moss reportedly would contribute on "Fox Football Daily" and possibly Sunday segments on the new Fox Sports 1.