The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to terms with former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore on Friday.
The Steelers gave Moore to a two-year deal and it comes right after Jerricho Cotchery agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers. Moore will be Cotchery’s replacment.
The Steelers were thin at reciever as soon as Cotchery departed. Emmanuel Sanders also left the team and agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos. This left Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye. Moye and Wheaton combined for only 8 receptions last season.
Moore last season played in 13 games, reeled in 37 catches for 457 yards and scored two touchdowns. Moore was released by the Saints as his numbers have staggered over the past nine years with the team. His most notable performance came in 2012 as he amassed 1,041 yards.
The Steelers gave Cotchery a chance after his “prime” days seemed to be behind and him and look what he accomplished last season. The Steelers probably sense that Moore is still able to play at a high level and will fill the void of Cotchery quite nicely. Moore is a good slot receiver and the Steelers will utilize his talents like they did Cotchery’s.
This is a quality sign by the Steelers as Moore could make for a good third receiver. The Steelers should still address drafting a receiver but this could mean they don’t go after one in the first round as long as they’re comfortable with Wheaton becoming a sure number two receiver behind Brown.
The Steelers are patient during the offseason and now that they’ve found a receiver to fill a void it, it won’t be long before he running back issue is addressed. It’s been reported that former New England Patriot’s running back LeGarret Blount will visit with the team.
The Steelers are having a solid offseason thus far and it’s exciting to see what they team’s next move might be.