Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) against the Dallas Cowboys prior to a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Sign WR Lance Moore

Well that didn’t take long. The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed WR Lance Moore to a 2-year contract Friday afternoon. The 30-year old receiver from the New Orleans Saints had been visiting the team this week. He was signed presumably to replace Jerricho Cotchery, who signed a 5-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.

Lance Moore was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005 by the Cleveland Browns out of Toledo. He was later released and signed onto the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad. He made his first start for the Saints in 2007. He has 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 career receiving touchdowns. His biggest breakout season was in 2012 where he caught 65 passes for 1,041 yards and 6 touchdowns. Last season he had only 37 receptions for 457 yards. Moore was a part of the Super Bowl XLIV winning squad in New Orleans.

The move provides the veteran on the WR corps, most likely to be the #3 receiver behind Brown and hopefully Markus Wheaton. This also allows the Steelers to add more youth to the receiving corps in the draft, while still having experience to work with Ben Roethlisberger.

I, for one, was all about the Steelers re-signing Jerricho Cotchery. Mostly because of the season he had last year, the fact that he seemed to want to come back and he seemed to be a good fit on the roster. However, when it came down to it, the money the Carolina Panthers were offering was just out of the Steelers’ league. The financial terms of Moore’s contract have not been released but Cotchery signed a 5-year deal with the Panthers and there was just no way the Steelers were offering that kind of length to a 30+ year old receiver. The 2-year deal for Moore clearly makes more financial sense and more sense in the long-term if the Steelers really are going to load up on receivers in the draft. I just hope it also makes sense on the football field as well.

What are your thoughts on the signing of Lance Moore to the Pittsburgh Steelers?

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  • Dom DiTolla

    Big Ben was in need of imposing targets (6’1″+) who could create plays in the red zone. Of course the incompetent and cheap FO would ink a soon-to-be 31 year old receiver who is 5’9″ 177 lbs. and coming off of an injury plagued season.

    • Craig

      Cotch left. What do you expect them to do and who would you expect them to sign? Cotch left not for the money but because his wife’s family is in the Carolina’s – they offered him decent money on top of that. You don’t think Cotch was offered at least a million by the Steelers? Can’t blame the FO on this one. Careful Dom – you’re starting to sound like you’re coming from Camp Carl.

      • Dom DiTolla

        I just don’t understand the signing when an even younger, healthier and more cost-effective options could be found through the draft process.

        The cap-space they have at the moment should be dedicated to shoring up the defense (i.e. Alex Carrington, Deebo (as a situational pass-rusher), T. Cody) through the FA process or finding someone to back Bell (Blount, M. Bush) up next fall. Sadly, they found yet another replaceable smurf.

        Who on their roster at the moment is a red zone weapon at the WR position? For all of his electricity, AB is not a threat to score from inside the 20. Adding Moore makes almost zero sense unless they have complete and total faith in Wheaton, Moye, J. Brown or some upcoming draft picks emerging as competent red zone targets.

    • OVP66223

      Moore is a good WR, injuries and mis-use by the ignorant Saints coaching staff aside (Moore was the most talented of the WR core in N.O….thought Graham and Sproles were more important non-WR pieces).

      They can still draft a big WR if they want. Big WR don’t translate to great passing games. TALENTED WR’s do, no matter their size. I’d rather have a 5’11″ WR that runs good routes, has solid hands and big play ability (speed and agility), like Lance Moore, than a plodding 6’4″ WR with poor route skills and so-so hands.

      We ALL want a Calvin Johnson, but so do about 25 or so other teams that don’t have a stud WR1.

      • Dom DiTolla

        First, Lance Moore is 5’9″ not 5’11″.

        Second, you failed to mention how productive Marques Colston was during that time period (six 1K+ receiving yards seasons in first eight years). He, not Moore, was New Orleans’ most productive and best wide receiver.

        I don’t necessarily have a problem with Moore, but with limited cap space I question why the Steelers would make a move for a soon-to-be 31 year old receiver when they can fill other needs (NT, DE, RB) through the FA process with the cap space they have at their disposal.

        Moore is not the red zone threat Cotchery was, and this team will still need to find one (either at TE or WR) through the draft.

        • Kenneth Krayeski

          They signed a fa NT, had a DE visit but he hasnt made up his mind where he wants to go and after tomorrow will hv 2 RB’S who hv visited so they r tryn hell u cant make these guys sign and cant judge the man yet til he actually plays

          • Dom DiTolla

            I can’t fault the Steelers for trying acquire these players, but I also can’t fault these free agents from spurning them. I mean, who wants to play for an 8-8 team with depth issues and limited cap space?

  • OVP66223

    I like the signing of Moore. He has more ability overall than either Cotchery or Sanders. The worry is the new offense and plays, as well as how often the Steelers will use him. He was the Saints best WR, but wasn’t used consistently enough to prove it. Obviously Graham and Sproles were much more important, but Moore was the best of the WR core.

    I know Cotchery had a good year and is taller, etc, but he has little big-play ability and was way too costly for someone that had a career year. Lets not forget, Cotchery is just an average (at best) WR3 type. I rather take my chances on more big plays from Moore, than have resigned the less talented Cotchery or Sanders.

  • TiVoMan

    I don’t know why some of you seem to be in panic mode. Moore more than replaces Cotchery, and there is no doubt that the Steelers can pick up a good (perhaps very good) wide receiver or two in the draft!
    Now the B&G needs to sign two back-up running backs before the draft.