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Steelers land Lance Moore with two-year deal

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The Steelers lost a valuable role player when Jerricho Cotchery chose a Panthers offer.

They found a similar version Friday.

The Steelers signed former Saints wideout Lance Moore to a two-year deal.

Moore was released by the Saints after a 37-catch season, but he had averaged 61 catches a year the previous three years.

The 30-year-old Moore didn’t get much interest in the market, as the Steelers were his only visit. Now, he’ll have a chance to work out of the slot the way Cotchery did, which worked for 10 touchdowns last season.

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78 Responses to “Steelers land Lance Moore with two-year deal”
  1. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    we laugh at you, pittsburgh

    not one other team was interested in him

  2. lengai says: Mar 21, 2014 3:55 PM

    Thankfully Moore didn’t wind up in Carolina. The Steelers just got an outstanding posession reciever.

  3. rationalfootballfan says: Mar 21, 2014 3:57 PM

    Sweet! Pretty bummed about losing Cotchery still but it’s too late now. As long as we draft WR in the 3rd-4th too I’ll be pretty happy since Wheaton should be taking that next step.

  4. thepftpoet says: Mar 21, 2014 3:57 PM

    Lance Moore is a solid slot receiver.

    He is also pretty old and past his prime, which fits the Steelers mold perfectly.

  5. stuckthefeelers says: Mar 21, 2014 4:02 PM

    Great choice for Moore. After Pitt extends and restructures him 5 times, he’ll hang on the roster til he’s 40. Another Colbert special. Rest of the division is loving the steeler’s offseason.

  6. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Mar 21, 2014 4:07 PM

    Very good pick-up by the Steelers. Because it addresses the need for a veteran WR in case Wheaton does not make it (although I strongly think he will). It also takes less pressure on the need for a WR in the early rounds of the draft.

  7. purplegreenandgold says: Mar 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    Nice pickup!

  8. kneelbeforesod says: Mar 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    Best of luck to you, Lance. Ben will appreciate the “safety valve” option you’ll give him.

  9. stoolerz says: Mar 21, 2014 4:11 PM

    Guess he met the age requirement.

  10. stoolerz says: Mar 21, 2014 4:14 PM

    Somebody needs to tell the Rooneys that a company in Pontiac, Michigan has some slightly used urinals that they can have for cheap.

  11. lightcleric says: Mar 21, 2014 4:18 PM

    Kinda getting up there in age for a WR but a fun guy to watch and a very clutch 3rd down guy too. As a Saints fan I hope he does well.

  12. laxcoach37 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:19 PM

    Cotchery became a Stud there. This guy is past his prime and speaking of past…. The Steelers keep getting older!

  13. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 21, 2014 4:19 PM

    World’s greatest franchise.

  14. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 21, 2014 4:20 PM

    I’ll miss Moore’s touchdown dances in New Orleans. It will be interesting to see how good he is in the cold as he wasn’t great when the weather got chilly.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 21, 2014 4:20 PM

    Great choice for Moore. After Pitt extends and restructures him 5 times, he’ll hang on the roster til he’s 40. Another Colbert special. Rest of the division is loving the steeler’s offseason.

    Funny how some ones handle tells you their comments will prove their ignorance.

    Good move to replace cotchery.

  16. penguins87and71 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:21 PM

    The Steelers are going to suck next year, plain and simple.

  17. mvp43 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:22 PM

    “Land” is a little strong. You don’t land Lance Moore, you sign him. You “land” a big time free agent.

  18. allhailkingflacco says: Mar 21, 2014 4:23 PM

    I can’t stand the Steelers but I think this is a solid pick up. I was actually hoping the Ravens would get this guy.

  19. canetic says: Mar 21, 2014 4:23 PM

    Nice downgrade!

  20. daltongang1 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:25 PM

    Atleast they got younger.

  21. SAV says: Mar 21, 2014 4:26 PM

    When you have the least cap space in the league its all about bargain basement shopping!!!

    So Brees throws the ball more then anyone and this guy can only muster 30 balls…speaks volumes. Im sure going from the comforts of dome life to the cold outdoor scenes of Pittsburgh will bolster those numbers HAHAHAHA!!!!

    #Ravensnation

  22. doubleogator says: Mar 21, 2014 4:27 PM

    Good receiver, 30 is not too old….

  23. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 21, 2014 4:27 PM

    you’re having a great offseason, pittsburgh

    signed,
    rest of AFCN

  24. thraiderskin says: Mar 21, 2014 4:27 PM

    Good pickup… solid guy, more so than the guy who left.

  25. mrpkg says: Mar 21, 2014 4:28 PM

    He will have a great year in Pittsburgh.

    A Brown will draw all the attention, and Moore will be the 2nd option like Cotchery was and catch 10 touchdowns this year

  26. whodatnhollywood says: Mar 21, 2014 4:32 PM

    Lance Moore did a fantastic job with the Saints and will be a valuable asset to the Steelers. He has Velcro hands and drops very few passes. Big Ben will love him. I’m happy for Lance.

    The Saints should have kept him, but unfortunately, Brees eats up too much of the salary cap and they have to let half of the team go to satisfy him. Because of that, it appears we just might be headed back to middle of the pack. It was good while it lasted.

    These CRAZY QB contracts will create even more parity because teams won’t be able to keep solid players who need to be paid also. Therefore, they’ll all be mediocre to satisfy one player.

  27. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 21, 2014 4:33 PM

    Ugh.
    A dome player in Steeltown. Interesting if someone looked at Moore’s numbers in a dome versus outside in inclimate weather … we all know the NO team struggles. I bet Moore is S O F T.
    Ugh.
    Go Wheaton.

  28. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Mar 21, 2014 4:33 PM

    Lance Moore is SOLID. Saints fans love him because he was a team first guy and super clutch. He catches everything. Good pick up

  29. mcmccii says: Mar 21, 2014 4:34 PM

    Good for him! Glad he got picked up by a quality organization, as he is a top-notch guy who brings it every single time. Pittsburgh will enjoy him, because he entertains just as much as he works. A lot!

  30. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 21, 2014 4:41 PM

    He goes to the retirement community. It was between retiring and joining the old fogies.

  31. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 21, 2014 4:43 PM

    no cap room and old=nice early draft pick in 2015

  32. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 21, 2014 4:43 PM

    Even with a tight cap position, Steelers still sign impact, championship players. As opposed to a team with plenty of cap signing the underwhelming Darian Martha Stewart.

  33. stainlessstill says: Mar 21, 2014 4:46 PM

    GREAT MOVE. Replacing a productive receiver with another productive receiver. A nice slot-man that knows his way around the field. Be careful what you wish for, AFC NORTH fans. You’ll be seeing his victory dance in your endzone. Oh yeah, and he’s younger than Cotchery. HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!

  34. billytodd2013blbaad says: Mar 21, 2014 4:52 PM

    solid pickup, guy wasn’t brung in to be a starter but to be a solid #3 and that’s exactly what he’ll be, a solid possession receiver and safety valve for Big Ben, and all you people talking about the steelers age, get with the program, the steelers are now one of the youngest teams in the league especially on defense!

  35. tictoccpthook says: Mar 21, 2014 4:54 PM

    Good move. Now for a RB to compliment Bell, and a CB to relieve Taylor as needed.

  36. stainlessstill says: Mar 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    -71.2 completion percentage (6th best in the league)
    -19.2% of his passes were 20 yards or more downfield
    -One drop in deep passes, had none in 2012
    -Career 47 deep balls for 1511 yards and 13 TDs

    The deep threat Emmanuel Sanders DREAMED of being. Nice job, Steelers!

  37. pabrownsfan says: Mar 21, 2014 4:59 PM

    I think it is a downgrade but who knows. Time will tell.

  38. aceakking says: Mar 21, 2014 5:00 PM

    SB40 STEALERS!

  39. pittsburgh361 says: Mar 21, 2014 5:05 PM

    You have the ravens who sign a 35 yr old steve smith and the knock on us for signing a 30 yr old lance Moore. This old now young team finshed 2nd in the afc north you must forget who was 3rd thats right coach and all the ratbirds. Enjoy having a washed up upper cut ray rice and a 28 million cap hit nxt year of your avg qb.

  40. olcap says: Mar 21, 2014 5:18 PM

    Coach John Harbaugh says:
    Mar 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    we laugh at you, pittsburgh

    not one other team was interested in him
    ———————————

    That means that the Stealers were able to overpay him without any outside interference!

  41. Wineshard says: Mar 21, 2014 5:19 PM

    Just need a big WR and the offence is shaping up to be pretty good.

  42. steelcurtainn says: Mar 21, 2014 5:21 PM

    Sweet! This guy alone is better then any of the ravenless receivers. Nice move to pick up Lance Moore. I guess cotchery was to busy worried about picking up more money then collecting a championship. Moore will fit in nicely in his place. The steelers march on!!!!!

  43. lengai says: Mar 21, 2014 5:25 PM

    ubepunkedagain says:
    Mar 21, 2014 4:41 PM

    He goes to the retirement community. It was between retiring and joining the old fogies.
    _________________________________

    The “retirement community” has more Superbowl rings than your team does. Who’s laughing now?

  44. downvotesforeveryone says: Mar 21, 2014 5:26 PM

    I downvoted all your comments.

  45. jtbsteeler says: Mar 21, 2014 5:28 PM

    Ben helps WR earn big $$$.

    Nate Washington
    Hines Ward
    Randle El
    Plaxico
    Cotchery
    Sanders
    Holmes
    A. Brown
    Mike Wallace etc.

    Joe Flacco will doom your career if you stay there long enough. Six years in the league and none of his WR’s is making any big money. NONE!

  46. ravensterps says: Mar 21, 2014 5:33 PM

    Noooooooooooooooo! This guy was one of my favorite non-Ravens because of his three pump celebration. I’m saddened that he chose the dark side.

  47. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 21, 2014 5:34 PM

    He would be a number 2 in Baltimore!

  48. billiamsofdollars says: Mar 21, 2014 5:34 PM

    All of Pittsburgh’s moves this offseason reek of desperation.

  49. micahernst says: Mar 21, 2014 5:40 PM

    We needed this with Cotchery leaving, hopefully he can make a similar impact.

  50. jdphx says: Mar 21, 2014 5:43 PM

    He has the name Lance “Indoor” Moore for a reason…

  51. smackers86 says: Mar 21, 2014 5:44 PM

    For those concerned about him going from dome to outdoors, he played his college ball in Ohio and did just fine in freezing weather.
    Speaking of which, this move reunites him with his college QB, Bruce Gradkowski. I hate this as a Browns fan, but as a fellow Toledo graduate I’m happy to see them both still in the league.

  52. magicmtndan says: Mar 21, 2014 5:49 PM

    The Steelers sign a 30 year old instead of the 32 year old Cotchery and the same numbskull Steelers haters spend all their time on Steelers stories bashing the black and gold.

    All of a sudden 30 years old is “old.” How many 30 year old players do your teams have?

    How many woman-in-the-elevator beaters does your team have? How many limousine murderers did your team have? How much is your QB being paid to be mediocre player with a strong arm?

    Go back to your Ratbird roster and study your personnel moves and losses.

  53. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 21, 2014 5:51 PM

    you’re having a great offseason, pittsburgh

    signed,
    rest of AFCN

    I guess having the best record in the conference makes you jealous. We have a good offense but need to rework our defense….we have Ben and not JumpBallJoe so we are good to go. Try to say something intelligent like your name sake.

  54. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 21, 2014 6:02 PM

    Kudos Steelers you replaced:

    113 receptions, 1342 yards, 16 TDs with
    37 receptions, 457 yards, 2 TDs

    from a guy no one else was interested in who had Drew Brees throwing to him in a dome most of the time.

    This will work out well.

  55. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 21, 2014 6:03 PM

    Title should read: “With nothing else Lance Moore settles on Steelers”

  56. andreboy1 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:04 PM

    The Steelers and Packers are dying franchises

  57. IamtheBucsFan says: Mar 21, 2014 6:12 PM

    Another trade at the old folks home. Still the same amount of seats on the short bus.

  58. lionscountrynorth says: Mar 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    @ Coach John Harbaugh … And Steve Smith is the answer? The Ravens are a joke. Enjoy Flacco’s bloated contract and a lifetime of wishing you were a Steelers fan.

  59. cheatsburgh says: Mar 21, 2014 6:45 PM

    Heard he’s on roids, will fit right in.

  60. kevo95 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:45 PM

    To all u Steeler haters until your team has 6 rings stop being Incognito and grow up
    u all jealous 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

  61. SeenThisB4 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:48 PM

    The Steelers will find that they got a bargain with Lance. He’s a veteran but he’s not “old” for what he does, he was never a speedster. He runs great routes and has great hands, just throw the ball near him, and he’ll more than likely catch it. The Steelers are to be congratulated, as well as Lance Moore.

  62. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 21, 2014 6:51 PM

    Another trade at the old folks home. Still the same amount of seats on the short bus.

    To know the occupancy of the bus you would have to be on it…..right?ssshhh trolls need to be under the bridge by 400 pm on Friday.

  63. thatmulekicks says: Mar 21, 2014 7:06 PM

    Not sure how this post gets 200 messages. Too many jealous haters out there I guess. More interested in the Steelers than your own team no doubt.

    Moore is a function of the system that he played in which will keep him from being a true number 2. Not a bad number 3 though which is what Cotchery is at this stage of the game without a $3.5 MM cap hit this year.

    Its an OK value signing. Ben will make him produce just as he has the other guys that went on to bigger pay days.

    And the Steelers aren’t getting older morons. They’ve dropped almost 5 years off of their average.

    Stay on your own board.

  64. ravensnation21 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:07 PM

    As a ravens fan I will admit that this is a good signing. If we hadn’t gotten Steve Smith Sr. I would have been all for signing Moore. Hoping you guys don’t sign MJD

  65. thatmulekicks says: Mar 21, 2014 7:12 PM

    SmashMouthFootball says:
    Mar 21, 2014 6:02 PM
    Kudos Steelers you replaced:

    113 receptions, 1342 yards, 16 TDs with
    37 receptions, 457 yards, 2 TDs

    from a guy no one else was interested in who had Drew Brees throwing to him in a dome most of the time.

    This will work out well.
    ___________________________________
    Idiot. Another stat meathead that doesn’t understand stats.

    If you think comparing multiple players to one player is a function of value you need to stay in your parent’s basement and hookup the Madden 95.

    You think Cotchery is going to get 10 TDs this year?

    Not likely. It was the perfect storm for him (Miller out, Sanders non-existent).

    So a good deal would have been to give Cotchery $3.5 MM in 2014 for the best season he has ever had in his long career? YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

  66. petehimself2112 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:15 PM

    “Ben helps WR earn big $$$.”

    —————————————

    You say Joe hasn’t made any receivers money what about Boldin and Pitta?

    Ok with the signing it was probably cheap enough.

  67. coachbeck says: Mar 21, 2014 7:25 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahaha. You need a #1 and #2 before you take care of possession guys lol

  68. pftaddict says: Mar 21, 2014 7:43 PM

    Another fantastic move by the Steelers. They once again prove that they are the best team in the NFL. Moore will be a key contributor as the Steelers capture their 7th Super Bowl.

  69. patsfan1820 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:44 PM

    Meh not a bad signing but shouldn’t the Steelers sign someone like Kenny Britt first? Oh well I guess it gives Big Ben a guy with decent hands when he gets out of the pocket.

  70. pittsburgh361 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:48 PM

    What a shame steve smith already got pulled over by the police and blamed race for it. O well theres another biggot cry baby raven he will do fine in Baltimore already started making excuses. Next ray rice will say she said she was a steeler fan and thats why he upper cutted her.

  71. clashpoint says: Mar 21, 2014 7:59 PM

    One way to tell which posters are haters that don’t really follow football, much less Steelers football, is which ones post that the Steelers are old. They are not old. Go actually look at their roster before flapping your keyboard.

  72. jmblosser82 says: Mar 21, 2014 8:05 PM

    petehimself2112, Boldin was a beast before joining the Ravens and Pitta is not a dominate TE, rookie season 1 catch for 1 yard in 11 games, 2011 16 games 40 catches for 405 yards, 2012 16 games 61 catches for 669 yards and last year I won’t count due to his freaky injury. 11 TDs in 4 seasons.

    Coachbeck, how is A. Brown not a #1? Over 100 receptions, at least 5 per game, and was second or third in the league in yards and 8 TDs while drawing most if the attention.

  73. nowillrepeat says: Mar 21, 2014 9:48 PM

    Trading some Black and Gold for some Black and Yellow.

  74. skins1970 says: Mar 21, 2014 10:14 PM

    I’m not a Steelers fan but LOL at the Ravens fans calling Lance Moore old he is only 30 years old. Steve Smith is going to be 35 years old in May.

  75. bengalguy says: Mar 22, 2014 9:15 AM

    Can he play QB?

  76. steel2372 says: Mar 22, 2014 10:05 AM

    The knock on the Steelers in the past has been “defense is old and slow” The Steelers has did a very good job at getting younger by replacing Ryan Clark with a much younger player and Woodley and Foote. I take my hat off to a job well done. All we need now is a very strong draft that we need to hit bullseye on every pick. I am a little concerned with Defensive End though.

  77. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 22, 2014 10:07 AM

    Can he play QB?

    I am sure he would be a much needed QB for the one and dones.

  78. robyesno says: Mar 22, 2014 6:51 PM

    I hope it’s not too late to say that Pittsburgh scooped a still great, hard-working, contributor. Old? Please! Just watch how marvelous this signing will turn out to be!

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