Steelers Sign Former Saints WR Lance Moore

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed another free agent and it’s former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore, who agreed to a two-year contract on Friday.

Moore, who visited the Steelers this past week, will now assume the role that veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery played the last three seasons. Cotchery signed with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

Moore has caught 346 passes for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns since arriving the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent. He did, however, miss three games last season with a wrist injury.

Moore already knows at least one current Steelers play well as he played with backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski at the University of Toledo.

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  • steelersfan

    I think Sidney Rice would have been better..,oh well- hopefully this will enhance the deep passing game.

  • srdan

    Nice! heck yeah!

  • Joe Schenk

    Good signing. If he can stay healthy he can find the endzone as much as cotchery last year IMO

  • srdan

    THat is some serious speed at WR. Moore, Wheaton and AB

  • Josh Knepshield

    I want Carrington more dammit!…..lol. Good signing Steelers.

  • Tom

    Better than nothing I suppose…….but nothing to get real excited about.

  • disqus_WrRvUyG2DA

    horrible. Big down grad from Cotchery

  • steelersfan

    Yeah. Now we just need to add some size in the draft. I’m not sold on Moye yet.

  • srdan

    lol

  • AzheDraven

    One of my friends who is a Saints fan was devastated when he heard that Moore (his favorite Saint) and Sproles were no longer on the team. Its gonna be fun if Moore scores when the Saints come to Pittsburgh.

  • Caesar

    I agree. Would have preferred a bit more of an upside dice roll with someone like Damian Williams.

  • PA2AK

    I don’t think anyone is. We’ll see if he gets some opportunities.

  • PA2AK

    Do they still go WR #1?

  • steelersfan

    I think only if by some miracle Evans is available

  • Tom

    Numbers for the last 3 years….
    Cotchery 133 receptions, 12 Td’s
    Moore 154 receptions 16 Td’s

    I guess it’s pretty much a wash, despite me being a Cotchery fan.

  • srdan

    I think we need a rezone weapon, but doesn’t necessarily have to be a WR.

  • Josh Knepshield

    If Mike Evans falls to 15, they will think long and hard….naw they’ll snatch him up within 10 seconds of their pick. lol

  • steeltown

    …Huh

  • steeltown

    Players and fans love this guy and didn’t want him to be released

  • steeltown

    Still a very good possibility

  • PA2AK

    Ebron is what I’m thinking. So many CB throughout the draft. Lots of WRs too. I wasn’t for it to begin with, but it would be a #1 pick that doesn’t turn into a salary nightmare in the coming years either.

  • steelersfan

    Makes me feel a little better I guess

  • PA2AK

    haha…i swear you just stay mad, man. cool though…stick to your guns. can respect that.

  • srdan

    I think he makes sense twice. From what I read he would be an immediate threat in the RZ, plus he provides a replacement for Miller, who is in his twilight.

  • joed32

    I like J. Brown a little better but they’re still going to draft one pretty high. A good CB at one and then see what happens after that.

  • steeltown

    Nice!

  • PA2AK

    plus a match up nightmare as we’ve become familiar with.

  • cp72

    Think of our wide receivers like a basketball team. We have guards now we need to get some size to rebounds.

  • Josh Knepshield

    I don’t get the hype for Ebron. He is athletic and all, but his blocking is not very good. The Steelers like their tight ends to have sufficient blocking skills. I just can’t see the Steelers taking Ebron unless they trade back and get more picks ($$)

  • Toddy Bravo

    How do you figure, man? I’m a big Cotchery fan, but Moore is faster and has better production. The only real “down grad” is he’s 5’9″ and Cotch is almost 6’1″, but ask Drew Brees how important height is. A football player is a football player.

  • PA2AK

    i hear that…and the steelers have heard the same thing for years, lol. Might be the year to go TE?

  • steeltown

    Yea I still think the #5 spot comes down to Moye, J.Brown or possibly newly acquired Lanear Sampson

  • PA2AK

    tbh…i don’t know a ton about him. lots of hype for sure. I like the idea of having the new age TE…they’ve been tearing it up in recent years. I also like a redzone TE over a redzone WR.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s what I needed to hear! I’m not only worried about replacing Cotchs stats but his toughness too! I hope Moore can bring some of both? I don’t know squat about him so I’m off to youtube!

  • Jason Vancil

    I’m sure Ben is thinking, why all these smurfs? Get me a big target!

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    You saw the signing bonus Cotchery got, why would he take what Moore probably got.

  • nato762

    Steelers….MAC attack

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Nice #4 now they need to go find a #3 in the draft.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Benjamin is looking more like a lock to me

  • tim

    Teams like the Pats need a Ebron….we need a AS-J from Washington or C.J. from Iowa..blocking and pass catching TE’s who can do both NOW…would be on the field more than an Ebron if he cant bring his blocking up to par…

  • Biggie

    great addition, a serious downfield threat. Can now go for big WR in the draft in first 3 rounds to go with Brown, Wheaton, Moore, Moye and J. Brown. We will be set well at WR. I fully expect to draft a TE as well at some point. I like Niklas and Iowa TE. Can now concentrate on Defense in draft with most of the picks. Would be nice to add a FA rb as well.

  • Alan Felicia

    If you ask Brees, he might say he’d rather be throwing to 6’7″ Jimmy Graham or 6’4″ Marques Colston in the Red Zone (or maybe even 6’4″ Antonio Gates when they were teammates at San Diego).

  • steeltown

    You’ve mentioned Niklas a few times.. what do you like about him?

  • chris ward

    Nice signing to get Moore to replace Cotchery in the slot, Moore will bring a veteran presence and some depth at the WR position.

  • Smashmouth

    i think that’s a very good possibility a Big TE is nearly as good as a big receiver in my eyes i’m sure Ben would not care as long as there a good target and they get down field after the catch

  • TsarPepe

    Hard to compare. Moore played in a hyper-potent offense, which used a great variety of weapons. Graham, Colston, and Sproles were clearly ahead of him in the pecking order. There were also Meachem, Toon, and Stills to contend with. Cotch swam in much less congested waters…

  • steelersfan

    I think he only played in 8 games and had pretty mediocre stats (15 receptions for 231 yards). Cotchery was much more productive last season. I don’t think he would get as much money as him. I’m starting to warm up to Moore being our #4 though with a draft pick being our #3.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Bree’s is actually a pretty smart guy. I think he would understand the question.

  • steeltown

    By seasons end, that may very well be the depth chart (barring injury of course)

  • http://batman-news.com Kenneth Dale

    Man, stop frickin crying. Some of you will never be satisfied no matter what. Good grief!!!!!

  • Melly

    agreed. really disgusted w/ what they ARE doing. they bring in 1 WR and sign him! this guy is turf fast. he is use to playing in a dome, on turf, and catching passes from Brees! I cant wait to see him play in late Nov and Dec.
    Whimper, Palmer, and Moore! Sounds like a great law firm name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I think the idea is the he is is big and fast enough to play WR or TE and can thus provide a lot of versatility in terms of formation but also take over for heath when he retires.

  • steeltown

    You do realize he was born in Ohio and went to college at Toledo, where he was quite productive

  • William Bigelow

    Agreed ….

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    They could sign jerry Rice in his prime. Well he ran a 4.8 at his proday

  • Melly

    great. he is also 5’9″ and will be 31yoa when the season starts. I really hope he gets us 35yds a game like he did last yr for NO!
    sorry for the sarcasm…its not directed at u personally. this is clearly a “reactive” move that didn’t have much thought. I would of preferred Avant or D.Williams over this guy. at least bring them in!

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    got one dropped it

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    There were games last year when Cotch didn’t catch a pass?

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Doesn’t matter to some people, guess they are expecting Dez Bryant

  • Melly

    Here is what Rotoworld had to say:

    Moore, who turns 31 before the season, played behind rookie Kenny Stills in New Orleans last year, recording a 37-457-2 stat line across 13 appearances. He generally looked to be running out of gas, and was released by the Saints in early March. Moore had a few nice seasons with Drew Brees, but is a 5-foot-9, 182-pound possession receiver who won’t cure Pittsburgh’s red-zone woes. Moore is an uninspiring option to replace Jerricho Cotchery.

  • AndyR34

    meh…I wasn’t in favor of this, but I’m willing to give him a chance. He’s a Steeler now, so I will be pulling for him. I am willing to bet, though, that Wheaton & Moore together do not equal the 113 catches for 1342 yards and 16 TD’s that Sanders & Cotch had this past year. JMHO.

  • AndyR34

    At 5’9″…probably NOT. He’ll be lucky to have 5.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    He’s a vet. We needed a vet. Wouldn’t be my first choice, but it is what it is.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Personally, I never thought we should. This is such a deep WR that we can get great value in the 2nd and 3rd.

  • OIF3gunner

    I like it. Lance can ball, period. I wonder who all the doom and gloomers would have signed? I want D the first 3 picks. Even the Comp in the 3rd.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Ha! It’s not like Moore is replacing Antonio Brown…he’s replacing Jerricho Cotchery.

  • steelersfan

    I was just thinking about what the opportunity cost of this signing was- I’m cautiously optimistic, however, that Moore will add something positive to this team.

  • Melly

    this has nothing to do w/ Cotchery. im not comparing Cotch to Moore. I could care less that cotch is gone. I do care that our #2 and #3 WRs are Wheaton and L.Moore!
    Cotch was a #3 last year…Sanders was the #2. pretty big diff, as of now, who our WRs are. poor planning by the FO!

  • Virdin Barzey

    We were missing speed but not any Moore. If that running game gets better we now have Moore at WR. Love Cotch play last year but we’ve now got a bit Moore.

    Its Friday….can’t you tell. Time to work that draft like a job so we can make a run.

  • Ike Evans

    Blah…

  • Melly

    Hmmmmmmmmm? Lets see here…Sanders and Cotchery or Wheaton and L.Moore?!? Hmmmmmmm? Oh, we still have AB! Who cares about the #2 and #3!

  • Will Hammer

    Rice is always hurt .

  • StrengthOfVictory

    For a moment, I was beginning to wonder if the Steelers would begin the season with only one WR with more (or Moore?) than two seconds of playing time.

    I don’t see the downside. Sure, I miss Cotch, but I also miss Keenan Lewis. What can you do?

  • Will Hammer

    yinzer nation .the steelers mortgaged the future yrs ago for 3 Super bowls . Won 2 lost 1 .what the F do you people think they’re going to win a SB every yr .. Now they rebuild …

  • StrengthOfVictory

    We’re Steeler fans. As far as we know, the Super Bowl gets called off if we don’t make the big game.

  • PA2AK

    this is part of why I’m leaning TE. that and their success in previous drafts with WR’s

  • mlc43

    What in the world does height have to do with him scoring tds or not. There have been plenty of short wrs who can score.

  • PA2AK

    are you one that thinks if he stayed, Cotch would get anywhere around 5+tds this season?

  • PA2AK

    What do you think Sanders and Cotch would produce this coming year if still in pittsburgh? I’d bet Sanders would again be part of just as many INT’s thrown his way as TD’s and Cotch regresses to the normal with around 2 TDs.

  • 2443scott

    i think way brees tosses ball around so much to diff wr`s it more than likely kept moores recieveing down we lost cotchery so moore was a decent pick up retooling is what is happening i was hopeing they pick up the te and use him more so in red zone but with whats out there and for money moore was the pick

  • PA2AK

    He had that one really nice catch…just followed it with a big drop.

  • PA2AK

    How many you think Cotch would have had this year? Please tell me you don’t actually believe he’d bring in anything close to 10 again. For the record…I don’t think Moore will bring in 10 either…and we wont need him to. TD production for Bell goes up? TD production from AB goes up? TD production from Wheaton equals Sanders? TD production from Heath goes up? you don’t need 10 TDs from your #3 or #4.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Two really nice catches. Thought he broke his neck on the second one but he bounced right back up. Jury’s still way out on him and J. Brown though.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Imagine Kelvin Benjamin in the 1st round. And CJ Feidorowicz in the 3rd round (comp pick).

    We could draft the rest on defense and be in pretty goos shape.

  • ApexSteel

    Or you know…we could not

  • PA2AK

    remember when AB was coming into his second year to be the #2? He had 16 rec for 167yds 0tds and wasn’t injured. I don’t think anyone in the FO is panicking about their WRs right now.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Whoaaaa, we got a bad a** grammar corrector here. Moore lost his starting job last year, and is in decline speed-wise

  • steelster

    Can moore return kicks or punts that would be nice.

  • Melly

    no. we have an unproven at 2 and moore as a 3. I think its terrible!

  • PA2AK

    There’s been no indication that Wheaton won’t produce. Legitimate chance he can pull off something near AB’s rookie to second year transition. Regardless of his out-of-nowhere production last year, Cotch is no better/worse than Moore except by a negligible margin. Free agency in Pittsburgh this year is not for the faint of heart.

  • PA2AK

    The only thing our #2 proved last year is he is inconsistent, can drop easy balls in clutch situations, and will be involved in the same amount of INTs as TDs.

  • Michael Pearce

    Well we signed the one free agent I hoped we would’nt. I guess the new Standard is 8-8. This guy had bad stats with Drew Brees.

  • PA2AK

    it’s a shame we lost the HOFer in Cotchery!

  • Hard Row

    when did they mortgage the future? The steelers struggled the last few years because their draft picks have not contributed enough. It has nothing to do with overspending.

    The cap had nothing to do with Ziggy Hood being mediocre, Jarvis Jones being invisible, Jack Bicknell Jr being a terrible OL coach, and many guys getting injured.

  • Hard Row

    Moore is a good replacement for Cotchery as a depth player just as he was in New Orleans. They still need to draft a WR pretty high, but Moore is insurance in case the draft doesn’t fall their way and they don’t get a top WR.

    The passing game was pretty good toward the end of the year with Brown, Sanders, and Cotchery. Brown, Wheaton, and Moore should be at least that good and possibly better. If they do add a top rookie then this unit can be explosive.

  • srdan

    Blcoking tightends are a thing of the past. En vogue are the new uber athletic mismatches. And that is exactly what we need.

  • srdan

    But they got him a hell of a player to hand the ball of to.

  • srdan

    I don’t get it, steeler fans want to get young players on the field sooner than we have been, but we also don’t want to put inexperience on the field. Hmmm

  • PA2AK

    and we don’t want the steelers to waste money on expensive vets, but they want to bring in every big money FA possible.

  • WilliamSekinger

    In what alternate universe does Sanders and Wheaton even belong in the conversation? We are talking about Moore replacing Cotchery nothing more.

  • srdan

    true…water under the bridge.

  • srdan

    cotchery had a third of his 10 year career touchdown this past year. I like him as a person, but he is far from irreplaceable on the field.

  • tim

    Blocking TE’s are a thing of the past…IF your NOT the Steelers…Mr Rooney said 2 years ago he wanted to run the ball more, return to Steelers Football…why you think they brought Spaeth back? Why you think they bring in wasted pick Mike Adams to play TE? To run the ball. Jenkins is a blocking TE who is athletic too, CJ is a lil more lumbering getting down field but he can catch the ball and he would be a beast in the run game from day one.

  • srdan

    you and I don’t get to see players day in and day out. We see them 16-25 sundays a year. Put some trust in the front office and coaches to be better talent scouts than yourself. They breath, eat and drink this stuff. If they have trust in Wheaton at #2, we as fans should at least give them a chance; especially with their recent calls they ahve made at WR (manny, Brown and Wallace).

  • srdan

    The days of lining up and bulldozing people are gone. you don’t see it anymore. As are double threat TEs. Spaeth is not a double threat, neither is adams, or heath anymore. In today’s nfl, you can have two TEs: A Spaeth on running short distance downs, and a pass catching mismatch that can split wide. No need for a double threat. That is something the media sells in pittsburgh.

  • tim

    What part of the Owners request to run the ball more didn’t you get?? It dont matter what others are doing, they are goingto bulldoze teams with Bell and Miller IS still a threat, I SAID Spaeth was brought in to BLOCK…in the RUN GAME, CUZ the OWNER wants to RUN….idk if he gives a sh&t what you think is a thing of the past, so a blocking TE with good hands makes sense since Miller and Spaeth are both getting old and both had major injuries 2 years ago and last year so who knows what will happen this year

  • srdan

    He has been saying it and we have been putting out an anemic running offense year after year. I’ll listen to what he says, but I also see the product on the field.

    But you just made my argument, that Spaeth was brought back to block. And only block. So why do you feel this urge that we need a double threat TE? Why not bring out someone that can split out wide and leap over a corner to get a first down?

    L…Ebron

    Try to name 3 good double threat TEs.

    see

  • srdan

    In Mellyland….lol…i had to…

    get it? Maryland hahaha

  • CW

    Well not a great signing, but decent veteran depth if they got him at the right price. Less injury history than Sidney Rice who hasn’t stayed healthy since that incredible year with Favre and the Vikings, so hopefully that works out well.

    Could still see the Steelers take two tall wide receivers or a tall wide receiver and a “move” tight end this draft.

  • tim

    The Pats did show that with two TE you can create AWESOME mismatches…but we like a TE who blocks…so with Health getting old and Matt a blocker only id bring in Heath’s future replacement…after signing a midget in Moore another nice TE would be a nice toy for Ben to use…

  • Melly

    im in the universe where l.moore sucks and is a terrible “fallback” option!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not big on the signing but at least they are filling holes which is a good thing as with a guy who can hit a homerun

  • Derick L Young

    Time will tell about this signing. No complaint from me. Draft, draft, draft.

  • Eric Crook

    All I remember is Lance Moore catching bombs for TD’s many times from Drew Brees….welcome to Pittsburgh Lance…..hopefully sign Blount too, who we shoulda drafted over Dwyer anyways….I remember screamin when we passed him up

  • Derick L Young

    Replacing Miller won’t be that easy.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I have trust in wheaton shark and jones

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    If i was coach i wouldNt use him to block we have heath that that can be coached also in nfl but his money return is not for blocking purposes just like shooting guards (kobe/MJ) they CAN pass but they get paid to shoot

  • Madi

    Everything about “down grad” is funny. Lighten up. And he wasn’t picking on his grammar – he made a bunch of valid points. How’s Cotchery’s speed coming along these days? And how many balls did Cotch catch that Moore couldn’t have, thanks to his height? And is Kenny Stills on our team? I don’t see one reason this is a bad signing.

  • John Smith

    He’s 30 and Slow, I don’t see how it will enhance anything. He’s a possession receiver when healthy. And that’s not often. I think we now have to take a receiver in the 1st round. Which is a shame. We should have used the pick on a OT for Ben’s Blind side. AN OT in the first round would have most likely contributed this season.

  • John Smith

    The only reason he got that money was because they had to worry about Brown and Sander’s AND Heath. I would have had 10 touchdowns….lol But a good man. I don’t even know why they signed this guy. They want to be so young…they have young talent for the slot.

  • John Smith

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t make the team. He can’t play special teams. He wouldn’t be the first free agent not to make the team. he have a few very talented young receivers.

  • Patrick Reid

    Good call on both. Love Jenx especially. Don’t sleep on Niklas from ND either.

  • Babybull

    Colbert terrible wasted two draft classes

  • Babybull

    Mark my words before it’s over M Lee going to be best rec in this draft JM made Evans with his running around go watch film Evans couldn’t get away from defenders how many jump balls do you get a game if your offense is based on jump balls your in trouble.

  • Babybull

    Scouting report he can’t block I would pick kid from ND In rd3 he’s a Ben clone an good blocker

  • Babybull

    Troy Nicklaus ND 3rd round he’s going to be a beast

  • Babybull

    We’ll tell Seattle that they didn’t have tight end that flexed NO has all stats but what have they won.give me tight end that can do both like Ben

  • Babybull

    He’s real deal like young version of Heath but bigger ND didn’t have great QB but this guy can play in he was not in a gimmick offense like a lot of these guys if you can try to pull up tape on him great rd3 pick if he’s still there.

  • Babybull

    But we use are rec to block a lot that’s where they liked JC hope Moore can do that

  • joed32

    13 games 37 for 457.

  • joed32

    What big money?

  • joed32

    He didn’t last year.

  • joed32

    He’s missed 6 games in the last 5 years, 3 of those last year with a wrist. Cotchery is 31, 32 in June. 15 isn’t high enough to get a good OT, there are 3 of them in this class and they’ll go early.

  • steelersfan

    I was talking about Rice’s stats. Rice was injured for most the year so I don’t think it would have cost that much to sign him. Both guys have injury concerns- rice a little more i think though…but he is younger and taller

  • SFIC

    Exactly as expected….the Steelers wanted to bring in a vet like they did with Cotch. They still will draft a WR early in the draft, probably at 2 or 3comp. Well done.

  • PA2AK

    The money that everyone complaining wants them to spend on positional depth.

  • joed32

    My bad.

  • Josh Knepshield

    It’s not like Kenny Stills is the next Calvin Johnson. I didn’t say it was a bad signing. I just think everyone needs to cool it. The guy is not Cotchery.

  • Babybull

    You keep saying sanders part of ints what about Ben he threw the ball none of that’s his fault plus AB dropped some balls an made a lot of bone head plays so stop trying to put everything on sanders

  • Babybull

    FO needs makeover

  • tim

    Going to check the tape on him now…

  • tim

    That would be NICE…but I think im leaning to Gilbert in the 1st if he’s available and CJ or ASJ in the 3rd…

  • PA2AK

    Inot. Ben was part of them too for sure. They weren’t on the same page though. AB doesn’t get a free pass but next to Ben…he was the best we had going and contributed every game.

  • PA2AK

    Most of them did seem to be more on Manny than on Ben…given that the td/int ratio wasn’t even close compared with other receivers…I’m going to say Manny was more of a problem.