Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Saints Retain Key Offense Component

The New Orleans Saints took a big step in their uphill battle to retain the core of the team’s high octane offense with the re-signing of wide receiver Lance Moore to a multiyear deal.

The news was announced by Moore via his Twitter account, in which the undersized yet reliable receiver tweeted “"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 considered one of the three most important free agents for the team to hold on to in the abbreviated signing period, the other two being strong safety Roman Harper and left tackle Jermon Bushrod.

Moore has been a consistent contributor as a wide receiver and is a favorite target of quarterback Drew Brees, who made no secret about his desire to see Moore’s services retained.

Moore has also handled punt return duty when running back Reggie Bush has been injured or “punished” for poor performance. Moore returned 11 during the 2010 season for 112 yards though he had yet to return one for a touchdown in his career.

The wide receiver’s best season with the Saints was in 2008 when he caught 79 passes for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Though his time on the field was limited due to injuries in 2009, Moore made a key contribution in the Black and Gold’s quest for the Lombardi Trophy. Moore caught a two-point conversion during Super Bowl XLIV, which was initially called an incomplete pass but after being reviewed it was ruled a reception.

Moore largely returned to his 2008 form in 2010, catching 66 passes for 763 yards and 8 touchdowns.

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