New Orleans Saints cornerback Sterling Moore (24) closes on Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) during the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos won 25-23.

Advocate photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Veteran cornerback Sterling Moore is expected to test the market in free agency, according to a source, although a return to New Orleans is still possible.

Moore, who was signed the week before the regular season, ended up starting 12 games for the Saints after a rash of injuries hit the cornerback position and became a key cog for the New Orleans defense. 

Initially brought in to help in the slot, Moore ended up outside after Delvin Breaux broke his leg and P.J. Williams suffered a season-ending concussion against the Giants. 

Moore made 56 tackles, picked off two passes and led the team with 13 pass breakups for New Orleans, a team that had tried to sign Moore in two previous offseasons. 

Both sides have expressed interest in the cornerback returning to New Orleans, but with the opening of free agency fast approaching on Thursday, Moore will get a chance to see what else is out there. 

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