Lance Moore Released by Saints

UPDATE: New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today that the club has terminated the contract of wide receiver Lance Moore.

“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.”

“Just like some of the decisions we made on the defensive side of the ball a few weeks ago, this move today is just as difficult,” said Loomis. “Lance was very important to our productivity on offense and our success as a team overall. He joined us in the middle of the 2005 season and progressed from the practice squad to becoming one of the most productive receivers in the history of our franchise and helping us win a Super Bowl and reach the postseason five times. You couldn’t ask for more from Lance both on and off the field and we wish him the best of luck.”

“Lance Moore made a significant contribution to our team’s success,” said Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. “While his production on paper is obvious, it only tells half the story. Lance came to us an undrafted rookie who went to NFL Europe and spent time on our practice squad. He went on to produce outstanding results on the field for us as a result of his work ethic, reliability and commitment to get better every day. He’s been one of the pillars of what we have built here as an organization.”

New Orleans -- Saints wide receiver Lance Moore sent out a tweet Friday morning apparently saying goodbye to New Orleans after nine years with the team.

Moore tweeted, "Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!"

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the team was looking to trade Moore and running back Pierre Thomas.

Moore recorded 37 receptions for 457 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games in 2013. He's just one year removed for going for 1,041 yards.

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