The Best Potential Landing Spots for Recently Cut WR Lance Moore
The team has already made a number of cuts, and on Friday Lance Moore joined the ranks of the unemployed.
As Mike Triplett of ESPN reports, the Saints decided to part ways with the 30-year-old after an injury-marred 2013 season, in which Moore had his lowest catch and yardage totals since 2009.
However, the year before Moore posted a career-high 1,041 yards and scored six touchdowns. With a 10-score season also on his resume, there will be some interest in the veteran wideout on the open market.
Here's a look at the NFL teams that make the most sense for Moore.
For what seems like an eternity, the Detroit Lions have been searching for a reliable receiver to pair with Calvin Johnson.
Ryan Broyles has shown flashes but can't stay healthy. Nate Burleson was OK, but he became a cap casualty. Titus Young was...
Well, let's just say Titus Young didn't pan out and leave it at that.
As Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press points out, the Lions are especially interested in upgrading at slot receiver, and Moore ran over half his routes from the inside position a year ago.
Yes, there are younger options hitting the market this year, such as Arizona's Andre Roberts and Pittsburgh's Emmanuel Sanders.
However, those players may also take a larger financial commitment, and the Lions only have $11 million in cap space.
Not only would Moore provide an affordable upgrade, but he's also intimately familiar with the offense of new Detroit OC (and former Saints assistant) Joe Lombardi.
New England Patriots
The fact that the New England Patriots won the AFC East last year is hardly a surprise. After all, it's happened 10 times in 11 years.
However, the way they won was the real shocker. In 2013, the Patriots transformed back into a power running team, in large part because the play from the wide receiver position was wildly inconsistent.
Outside of Julian Edelman (himself a free agent), no one stepped up. The move to replace Wes Welker seamlessly with Danny Amendola didn't go at all according to plan. Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins looked like world-beaters one minute and very much like rookies the next.
At this point, the Patriots are going to be linked in free agency to any wide receiver with a pulse, especially if Edelman isn't brought back.
Assuming for a moment that he is, it might seem strange to sign another wideout with a similar skill set, but at this point the Patriots can use every reliable option in the passing game that they can get.
The Cleveland Browns are rebuilding in 2014.
In other news, water is wet, the sky is blue and politicians lie.
As the Browns begin the latest chapter in their never-ending rebuild this year, one of the many holes facing the organization is at the wide receiver spot opposite rising young star Josh Gordon.
Davone Bess was recently released after a troubling offseason, but it was nothing compared to the troubling season turned in by Greg Little before it.
The Browns are in a position to get better in a hurry, with five draft picks in the first three rounds and almost $56 million in cap space according to Spotrac.
Using some of that cap space on Moore, who could play the slot and serve as the steadying influence the Browns thought they were getting a year ago with Bess, isn't a bad idea.
Nope. Not bad at all.
New York Giants
If you knew nothing about the New York Giants prior to the beginning of last season, you'd have a hard time believing that was largely the same team who won Super Bowl XLVI.
Now, as the Giants try to wash off the stink of a disappointing season, the G-Men also face a looming hole on the offense.
Should Big Blue find the bidding for Nicks too rich, Moore could represent a nice "fall-back" option—an experienced receiver capable of moving around the formation.
With $18 million in cap room, but several needs on defense, the Giants likely won't be big spenders offensively—making a "second-tier" option like Moore all the "Moore" appealing.
If Moore is a fall-back option for the Giants (or other teams), then the Oakland Raiders may represent the fall-back for Moore himself.
Mind you, if at this stage in his career the opportunity to win is most important to Moore, then Oakland isn't the place for him. The Raiders haven't won nine games in a season since getting blown out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Next year probably won't be any different. The team has holes all over the place, including at quarterback.
And at wide receiver, especially inside.
The Raiders also have plenty of cap space with which to add pieces—as in almost $65 million in cap space, the most in the NFL.
General manager Reggie McKenzie has been frugal in free agency in recent years—all the while trimming bloated contracts from the roster—but if McKenzie and the Raiders don't show some short-term improvement, then the long-tern prognosis for his job security is bleak.