The New Orleans Saints officially released wide receiver Lance Moore Friday afternoon, and reports surfaced shortly after that running back Darren Sproles had also been cut.
Moore, who entered the NFL with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent in 2005, joined the Saints' practice squad that same season. In 2008, Moore was New Orleans' leading receiver with 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Last season, he had 37 catches for 457 yards and two TDs.
Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) March 7, 2014
Moore was due $3.1 million in base salary in 2014, so releasing him provides New Orleans more flexibility under the NFL's salary cap as the club seeks to re-sign star free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham to a long-term extension.
An NFL.com reports says releasing Sproles would save the team $3.5 million in cap space.
Sproles tweeted this Friday afternoon, seemingly confirmed the reports he's been cut.
Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. #WhoDat— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) March 8, 2014
The latest roster moves apparently are not finding favor with Jimmy Graham as the tight end and the team work towards a new long-term deal. Graham tweeted Friday night:
Wow unbelievable. Shocked and disappointed on everything that's gone on this offseason.— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) March 8, 2014
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