The New Orleans Saints are trying to free up millions of dollars in efforts to sign restricted-free agent tight end Jimmy Graham.
ESPN and other national outlets are reporting that Saints veteran wide receiver Lance Moore has been released.
Late Friday afternoon the Saints announced that they have terminated the contract of Lance Moore.
The 30-year-old Moore was a fan favorite since jumping into a prime time role at receiver beginning in 2006. By releasing Moore, the Saints will save $2.5 million against this year's salary cap. It could go as high as $3.8 million.
Moore tweeted a farewell message to Saints fans at 7:07 Friday morning,"Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!"
It's no secret the Saints were trying to negotiate trades involving Moore and running backs Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
Moore had 346 career receptions in New Orleans for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. He hauled in 66 catches in 2010, 52 in 2011, 65 receptions in 2012 and a career best 1,041 yards .
Last season he was bothered by a hand injury and his production fell off with 37 catches and only 2 touchdowns.
His best overall season was in 2008 when Lance became a prime time target for quarterback Drew Brees. In snagged 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Moore had two years remaining on his contract. He was going to make $3.8 million in salary this season, plus a $500,000 roster bonus.
There's a good possibility Moore could end up in a Lions uniform. Former New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach, Joe Lombardi is Detroit's new offensive coordinator and he knows what Lance could mean to the Lions offensive attack.
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