It appears that wide receiver Lance Moore’s time with the Saints has come to an end based on a tweet he sent out Friday morning.
One day after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Moore, who’s been with the Saints since 2005, and running back Pierre Thomas were being “shopped” to other teams, Moore tweeted what appeared to be a good-bye on his verified Twitter account.
Moore tweeted: “Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!”
Later Friday morning, NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport, citing a source, reported that Moore’s representatives have been informed by the Saints that they plan to release him.
Saints’ officials did not immediately confirm their plans for Moore, who was the last player remaining from the pre-Sean Payton era after linebacker Will Smith was released last month.
Moore was going into the fourth year of a five-year, $20 million contract he signed in 2011. He was due $3.1 million in base salary and carried a cap figure of about $5.07 million for 2014 when you factor in his prorated signing bonus and other bonuses.
His release will save the Saints just more than $2.7 million on the salary cap this season.
As of Thursday, the Saints were close to the $133 million cap that goes into effect Tuesday after franchising tight end Jimmy Graham and offering a one-year tender offer to safety Rafael Bush, a restricted free agent.
Moore joined the Saints in 2005 when Jim Haslett was in his final season as the Saints’ coach. After joining the team’s practice squad that season, Moore blossomed in Payton’s potent offense.
He spent most of the 2006 season on the practice squad and had just one reception for 10 yards, but worked his way onto the field in 2007 and had 32 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns.
Overall, he caught 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38 TDs with the Saints. His best seasons were in 2008 when he caught 78 passes for 928 yards with 10 TDs and 2012 when he had a career-high 1,041 yards and six scores on 65 receptions.
Moore, who will turn 31 before the start of the 2014 season, missed three games with a hand injury last year and had his snaps cut later in the season. He wound up with 37 receptions for 457 yards and two TDs.