Saints wide receiver Lance Moore tweeted his thanks to the city of New Orleans Friday morning, likely signaling his release by the team. The Saints have not announced Moore's release and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports the team has not informed Moore's representatives of such a move. ESPN's Adam Schefter later cited a source as saying the team officially plans to cut Moore on Friday.
The Saints, working to create salary cap room, were reportedly testing the trade market for Moore and other high-profile players on Thursday. Cutting Moore will reportedly save the team in the neighborhood of $2.5 million.
The nine-year veteran should attract interest as a free agent after posting 37 receptions for 457 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games for the Saints last season. His 2012 numbers (65 receptions, 1,041 yards, 6 TDs) were even more impressive. Detroit could be a possible landing spot for Moore now that former Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi is the Lions' offensive coordinator.
A good rookie showing by Kenny Stills (32 receptions, 641 yards and 5 TDs) likely means the fifth-round draft pick will receive more looks in Moore's absence.
Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!
— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) March 7, 2014
Translation: "The Saints just cut me." RT @LanceMoore16: Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years.
— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) March 7, 2014
He tweeted goodbye. Saints haven’t informed his reps yet RT @JustinSchmitt09: @RapSheet is it true lance Moore got cut?
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2014
Saints officially are releasing WR Lance Moore today, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2014