According to reports, former New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore is seeking a release from his current team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Toledo product spent 2005-2013 with the Black and Gold, debuting in 2006.
Moore went undrafted in 2005 and spent a portion of that summer as a member of the Cleveland Browns‘ practice squad before taking his underrated talents to the Big Easy.
The Saints released the fan favorite during the 2014 offseason along with several other veterans to clear cap space, giving New Orleans the money to financially accommodate TE Jimmy Graham and sign former Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd.
Moore was quiet during his first few seasons with the Saints due to injury issues, but broke out in 2008 after finishing with 79 receptions for 928 yards and ten touchdowns. In 2009, he struggled again, but if you remember, he did catch that two-point conversion in New Orleans’ Super Bowl XLIV win against the Indianapolis Colts. Initially ruled as no good, the play was overturned, putting the Black and Gold ahead by seven.
Lance Moore hit an NFL-career milestone in 2012, successfully corralling his first and only 1000-yard season. He finished with 65 catches for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. Quiet in 2013 due to a nagging injury and the emergence of rookie WR Kenny Stills, Moore and the Saints parted ways following the season’s end.
He went on to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was basically a non-factor for one of the top offenses in the league, concluding 2014 with only 14 receptions for 198 yards and two scores. Receivers Markus Wheaton and rookie Martavis Bryant overshadowed the former Who Dat, but it was Antonio Brown who was the man in the Steel City.
I’m assuming Moore is not fond of his current role. He will come cheap (owed $1.5 million for his finial year in 2015) if Pittsburgh does decide to meet his desires, so why not bring him back to the Crescent City? There are far more important obligations at the moment for the Saints, however, Moore knows the system, has great hands, was one of Drew Brees’ favorite targets, could add depth and just overall plays with a certain swagger that seemed to have vanished in 2014.
This is just an idea for the old think tank, Who Dat Nation. It was tough to see Moore go, but it would sure be great to see him return. The 31-year-old veteran is still perfectly capable of doing damage to opposing defenses.
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