As the list of free agent wide receivers continues to expand this offseason, another name that could come up on the Detroit Lions radar is Lance Moore, who was just released by the New Orleans Saints.
At 30 years old, Moore is beginning to show signs of decline, as seen last season where his production greatly decreased. However, he does have an extensive amount of starting experience which could play into factor for Detroit, as the need for a reliable wide receiver to line up opposite of Calvin Johnson is a must.
Moore’s statistics in 2013 took a major drop from the previous year. After finishing the 2012 campaign with 1,041 receiving yards and six touchdowns, Moore only totaled 457 receiving yards and zero touchdowns last season. Due to the fact that Moore was set to make $4 million each of his two years under contract with New Orleans, as well as how little he contributed for the Saints’ offense, he finds himself looking for a new home in 2014.
The upside of bringing in Moore to Detroit is that they can sign him for cheap. It’s clear that Moore isn’t cut out to make $4 million per year and because Detroit has around $11 million to spend this offseason, signing him for anything less than $2 million per year is questionable.
Seeing that Moore spent most of his playing time at the slot position last season, the Lions would now be able to have a formidable weapon at the No. 3 spot. Moore would also obtain a leadership role on the team to help develop and groom the group of young wide receivers on the depth chart, including Ryan Broyles, who’s set to make a comeback after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
If the Lions have the mindset of winning now in 2014, signing a bargain deal for a veteran wide receiver like Moore would not only help address the need at that position, it would also save Detroit salary cap space to help them go out and re-sign a player like Ndamukong Suh or sign more key free agents.