The New Orleans Saints joins the fray of teams doing last-minute roster movement with the days leading into the season opener. Rumors are swirling that the Saints are going cheap in signing former Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver Sterling Moore.
The Bills released Moore as part of the roster cut that had its deadline last weekend. Moore had a dead cap hit of $80,000 and upon signing with the Saints he indeed came cheap. The Saints, however, have not released details of the one-year contract they offered to Moore.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport stated that Moore has played both the inside and outside positions during his stint with the Buccaneers, Cowboys, and the Patriots. No wonder the Saints immediately went to offer a spot to their team.
Prior to the signing, the Saints first released Cortland Finnegan and kicker Kai Forbath. Then, the team signed Moore and rookie kicker Wil Lutz. The signing won’t be official until Wednesday which brings the Saints’ roster back to 53. It seems that the team is not only going for a cheap contract to save enough for their salary cap, but also took in potential starters for the coming season.
Moore played 16 games with nine starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. He had 45 tackles, six passes defended, one interception and three forced fumbles. After his stint with the Buccaneers, Moore joined the Bills via free agency in April and released by the team over the weekend.
Rapoport explained that the Bills kept Moore deep in their roster chart. Bills head coach Rex Ryan knows how versatile Moore is and keeping him would be unfair to his skills. Ryan’s decision to release Moore might be a blessing as the Saints only have Delvin Breaux with regular experience.
Moore might have to thank Ryan and the Bills for their decision to release him as he immediately found a home with the Saints. Now, they work done double time as Moore and the Saints need to prepare as they take on the Oakland Raiders for the season opener on Sunday.
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