Former Saints WR Lance Moore agrees to deal with Steelers

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore catches a touchdown pass over Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey during the first quarter of a 2013 game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore catches a touchdown pass over Buffalo Bills defensive back Nickell Robey during the first quarter of a 2013 game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Former Saints receiver Lance Moore is switching from the Black and Gold to the Black and Yellow. Moore, released by the Saints earlier in March, has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Steelers, whom he visited Wednesday, Pittsburgh announced via Twitter on Friday.

Moore will head to Pittsburgh after wide its ex-receiver Emmanuel Sanders signed a three-year contract with Denver on Sunday and a wideout the Steelers targeted in free agency, Jerricho Cotchery, opted for Carolina on Thursday. On Friday afternoon, Moore tweeted to his more than 127,000 followers, “Excited to be a part of #steelernation Couldn’t ask for a better organization to continue my career with!”

The 5-foot-9 Moore joined the Saints back in 2005 and went on to catch 346 passes for 4,281 yards — fifth-most in both categories among NFL undrafted receivers from ‘05 to 2013.

He also caught the fifth-most touchdown passes in Saints history (38) and a key two-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV, New Orleans’ lone NFL championship victory. His being cut saved New Orleans $2.5 million in salary-cap space as the beginning of free agency neared.

Nonetheless, as of Friday, that meant the most experienced Saints’ wide receivers under contract were veteran Marques Colston, second-year player Kenny Stills and Joe Morgan, who missed the 2011 and 2013 campaigns with preseason knee injuries but showed promise a long-ball threat in 2012.

Speaking with reporters at the end of last season, Moore said, “I still feel like I have a lot of ball left in me. And I will prepare this offseason as if the next coming season will be my best year.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently told NFL.com’s Around the League editor Gregg Rosenthal that Moore “was always an unsung hero.”

“Lance was just the quiet guy who just made plays and did what we asked him to do,” Brees said to Rosenthal. “I can think of so many big plays he had for us in his career.”

While Brees remembers Moore as quiet, Saints fans aren’t likely to forget the receiver’s trademark touchdown dances. Steelers supporters are now the next in line to be entertained by them.