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Saints release Lance Moore

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) -

The New Orleans Saints have released popular wide receiver Lance Moore.

The wide receiver sent out a tweet Friday morning 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!!!"

"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.

In his nine years with the team Moore caught 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. Last year he had 37 receptions and two touchdowns.

Lance Moore made a significant contribution to our team's success," said Saints Head Coach Sean Payton. "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."

By releasing Moore the Saints will save between $2.5 million and $3.8 million.

ESPN Analyst Adam Schefter reported Thursday night that the team was looking to trade Moore and running back Pierre Thomas and are open to trading running back Darren Sproles

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