New Orleans, LA, United States (4E Sports) – The New Orleans Saints are set to release wide receiver Lance Moore Friday, according to league sources.
The move was confirmed after Moore tweeted out an apparent farewell message to fans, which said: “Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!”
The 30-year-old Moore was due to make $3.8 million in salary and bonuses this year, including a $500,000 roster bonus due this month. He has two years remaining on his contract.
By releasing him, the Saints will save at least $2.5 million against this year’s salary cap — and possibly the full $3.8 million if they designate his release as a post-June 1 move.
The Saints have parted ways with some longtime veteran players this offseason while carving out cap space. In February, they released former defensive stalwarts Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Roman Harper and Jabari Greer.
Moore has been with the Saints longer than any other player on the roster, having joined the practice squad in 2005. He has been a core part of the team’s record-breaking offense throughout the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era.
The former undrafted rookie from Toledo ranks among the top five receivers in Saints history in receptions (346) and touchdown catches (38) to go along with 4,281 yards. He was named the Saints’ man of the year in 2012 for his work on and off the field.
Moore had his first 1,000-yard season in 2012. His role diminished last season after he missed three weeks with a hand injury. When he returned, he was used primarily as the team’s No. 3 receiver, having fallen behind rookie Kenny Stills. He finished the regular season with just 37 catches for 457 yards and two touchdowns.