The Saints salary purge has claimed a pair of veterans, and a pair of Drew Brees’ favorite targets.
Wide receiver Lance Moore was cut, and NFL network says so was running back Darren Sproles.
The Saints would not confirm Sproles’ departure, but did announce Moore’s departure late Friday afternoon.
That was several hours after Moore tweeted out his release.
“Thank you New Orleans for 9 great years,” said Moore.
In a team statement, Moore was praised by owner Tom Benson, general manager Mickey Loomis, and head coach Sean Payton.
“Just like some of the moves we made on the defensive side of the ball several weeks ago, this move today is just as difficult,” said Loomis in the statement.
Defensive end/outside linebacker Will Smith was released, along with safety Roman Harper. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, an unrestricted free agent was not offered a contract.
The release of Smith, made Moore the longest tenured Saint, until Friday.
Moore was on the Saints practice squad in 2005. He was on the active roster for three games, but was inactive on game day.
Sproles had only 2 touchdown receptions in 2013, after totaling 14 the past two seasons.
He was signed three years ago as a free agent from San Diego after the Saints traded running back Reggie Bush.
The release of Sproles and Moore could save the Saints as much as $6 million in cap space.