The New Orleans Saints have apparently agreed with veteran wide receiver Lance Moore on a five-year contract.
While there was no official confirmation from the Saints organization, Moore, a six-year veteran, announced on his Twitter account that he would be returning to the team.
Moore posted this tweet: “Welp, its been real new orleans........But let’s make the next five years even more real. I’m coming back baby!!! #whodat”
Moore was one of the Saints’ top priorities among the 28 free agents they had when NFL teams could begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents on Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after players agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement.
Terms of the deal were not available.
In 59 career games with the Saints, Moore, one of the team’s most popular players, has caught 192 passes for 2,156 yards and 22 touchdowns. He ranked second on the team last season in receptions (66) and receiving yards (763) behind Marques Colston and led the club with eight receiving scores-one more than Colston.
Known as a possession receiver who doesn’t mind going over the middle to make the tough catch, Moore’s 80-yard scoring grab against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 was the longest offensive touchdown of the season for the Saints.
When Colston was injured for the first half of the 2008 season, Moore became a favorite target of quarterback Drew Brees. Moore finished that season with career-high totals in three categories-receptions (79), yards (928) and TDs (10).
Also, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that the Saints have agreed to a three-year contract with former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Will Herring. The agreement was confirmed by Herring’s agent, George Mavrikes.
Herring, a 6-foot-3, 241-pounder who played at Auburn, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2007. He made only seven starts in four seasons with Seattle, playing primarily as a nickel linebacker.
The Saints also announced Wednesday they agreed to terms with 20 undrafted free agents-safeties Isa Abdul-Quddus and DeAndre McDaniel; tackles Harold Beilby and Mike Smith; wide receivers John Chiles, Jarred Fayson, Michael Galatas and Joseph Morgan; quarterback Ryan Colburn; tight ends Harry Flaherty and Michael Higgins; running back C.J. Gable; cornerback Josh Gatlin; linebackers Jeremiha Hunter and Dwight Robertson; fullback Kolby Hurt; guard Carl Johnson; defensive tackle Dexter Larimore; long snapper Kyle Nelson; and center Ryan Taylor.