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Saints open to trading Thomas, Sproles, Moore, per report


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In crafting our offseason forecast for the Saints on Wednesday, we noted that not much had changedin New Orleans.

What a difference a day makes.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the team is actively shopping a pair of offensive centerpieces in running back Pierre Thomas and wide receiver Lance Moore. The Saints are even open to trading scatback Darren Sproles, according to the report.

It all links back to the team's dodgy financial outlook heading into free agency, with New Orleans resting just $1.5 million under the cap.

The Saints have been talking with Thomas for weeks about the running back's future with the club. Trimming his $2.9 million salary would leave no dead money, so the seven-year pro remains a candidate for release if a pay cut or trade can't be worked out.

Moore's release would shave $2.5 million off the cap, but trading him would save the Saints his full $5 million dollar price tag for 2014. We'd be surprised if the 30-year-old pass catcher generates much interest coming off his worst season in four years.

Sproles is a juicy trade target for teams in need of an elusive receiver out of the backfield who can turn a screen pass into a bomb blast. He's been a super-productive, electric target for Drew Brees, but Sproles is set to cost $4.25 million for a team desperately searching around for loose change.

These are big-name players for the Saints. Last year at this time, New Orleans was backfield-heavy with Chris Ivory in the ranks alongside Thomas, Sproles and Mark Ingram. It's especially hard to imagine this offense without a guy like Thomas, who's served as the team's most reliable runner for years.


All the players above have a decent chance to stick around if they agree to pay reductions. If they don't, a flurry of trades or notable cuts appear imminent in the Big Easy. Stay tuned.


Attribution: Marc Sessler NFL.com




I think any of these guys would be a good pick up for the Jets... Maybe Idzik trades another mid round pick for one of them?

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few years too late for us. I wanted Holmes out and Moore in 4 years ago but now he's still a bit injury prone and a little on the old side. Would have been a much better option than Idiot Holmes was when we signed him to that ridiculous contract.


Thomas at the right price would have been nice if we were a contender but we are a few years away from that or until we actually get a QB not named Geno or Sanchez

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Upon finding no takers, the Saints have released Lance Moore.



Saints released WR Lance Moore.

The Saints tried to trade Moore, but nobody was willing to take on his $3.6 million. New Orleans saves over $2.531 million against the cap with the move but eats over $2.537 million in dead money. Moore was the longest-tenured Saint prior to his release. At 31 (in August) and a product of Drew Brees and Sean Payton, we don't anticipate a hot market. Moore could make some sense reuniting with ex-Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, the new OC in Detroit.
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