NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – It’s official. Lance Moore has been released from the New Orleans Saints. The team announced late Friday afternoon that the club has terminated Moore’s contract.
“Lance Moore came to us as a rookie and over nine years he made an outstanding contribution to our franchise,” said Saints Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. “He constantly worked hard to get better, showed great enthusiasm for the game and played a big role in our success. He also made significant contributions off the field to our community. Lance’s performance has earned the respect of our entire organization and fans and we thank him for everything.”
Moore, 5-9, 190 was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005 following a standout college career at the University of Toledo.
After splitting time between the active roster and practice squad his first two seasons, Moore would go on to appear in 101 games with 30 starts and recorded 346 receptions for 4,281 yards with 38 touchdowns, also adding a seven-yard rushing touchdown. He also returned 47 punts for 387 yards.
His reception total is ranked fourth in club record books and his receiving yardage and touchdown catch totals fifth. In six postseason contests, Moore recorded 13 grabs for 132 yards with one touchdown and also caught a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV to give the Saints a 24-17 lead.
In 2013, Moore appeared in 13 games with five starts and finished with 37 catches for 457 yards with two touchdowns. In the postseason, he caught four passes for 51 yards with one touchdown grab.
He enjoyed his most productive season in 2012, when he played in 15 games with seven starts and finished with 65 receptions for 1,041 yards (16.0 avg.) with six touchdowns, setting career-highs in yardage and yards per catch.
In addition to being named a USA Today All-Joe selection, Moore was also named the club’s 2012 Man of the Year for his contributions off the field to the community and was the team’s nominee for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Earlier Friday the 30-year-old wide receiver tweeted a goodbye to his fans sparking rumors of the pending release.
Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!—
Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) March 07, 2014