The Saints are clearing up immense cap room.
The New Orleans Saints have released WR Lance Moore and are expected to release RB Darren Sproles.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) March 7, 2014
Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. #WhoDat
— Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) March 8, 2014
Moore has been with the Saints since entering the league in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. In 2013, Moore played in 13 regular season games and totaled 37 receptions, 457 yards, and two touchdowns, respectively.
Sproles signed with the Saints in 2011 following a six-year stint with the San Diego Chargers. In 2013, Sproles played in 15 regular season games and tallied 220 rushing yards, 604 receiving yards, two rushing touchdowns, and two receiving touchdowns, respectively.
Saints TE Jimmy Graham, who received the franchise tag in late February, expressed his shock on Twitter.
Wow unbelievable. Shocked and disappointed on everything that’s gone on this offseason.
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) March 8, 2014
Moore and Sproles have made significant contributions, but with the emergence of young players such as WR Kenny Stills and RB Khiry Robinson, veterans have been expendable.