Remember all those great scoring plays in Super Bowl XLIV? Remember all the players who made them, vaulting the Saints to their first world championship with a 31-17 win over the Colts? It’s possible that before long, not a single one of them will be on the Saints’ roster. On Friday, the team cut veteran wideout Lance Moore to create salary-cap space for the 2014 season, and ESPN has reported that the Saints are “shopping” tailback Pierre Thomas — the last player on the roster who scored a point for the Saints on that memorable night in Miami. Here’s a look at each player who scored, what they did with the Saints and where they are now.
SUPER MOMENT: Scored the Saints’ first touchdown on a 16-yard screen pass from Drew Brees in the third quarter.
WITH THE SAINTS: The team’s most versatile running back, Thomas has 3,523 rushing yards, 2,230 receiving yards and 37 total touchdowns since he joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He led the team with 549 rushing yards in 2013.
THE DEPARTURE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the Saints are ‘shopping’ Thomas.
WHAT NOW: It depends on whether the Saints trade Thomas or cut him.
SUPER MOMENT: Scored the Saints’ first points in the Super Bowl on a 46-yard field goal. Added two more field goals from 44 and 47 yards.
WITH THE SAINTS: Hartley was loved in New Orleans for surpassing Tom Dempsey with the most important kick in franchise history, an overtime winner in the NFC Championship game against the Vikings.
THE DEPARTURE: Plagued by a habit of missing short kicks, Hartley was cut in December, two days after he had a 36-yard field goal blocked and then missed a 26-yarder at St. Louis.
WHAT NOW: Hartley is a free agent.
SUPER MOMENT: Shockey scored the Saints’ go-ahead touchdown on a 2-yard slant from Brees in the fourth quarter, giving them their first lead of the game.
WITH THE SAINTS: A fan favorite after he joined the team via trade with the Giants, Shockey had 1,460 receiving yards and six touchdowns with the Saints from 2008-10.
THE DEPARTURE: The Saints released him on Feb. 22, 2011. He played in 2011 with Carolina, which did not try to re-sign him after the season ended.
WHAT NOW: Shockey has not played in the NFL since 2011.
SUPER MOMENT: After Shockey’s touchdown, Moore made an acrobatic play on a two-point conversion attempt, pulling in the ball and extending it across the goal line as his body turned in mid-air, giving the Saints a 24-17 lead.
WITH THE SAINTS: He ranks fourth in team history with 346 receptions and fifth with 38 receiving TDs after nine years on the team. All told, Moore has 4,281 receiving yards in nine seasons.
THE DEPARTURE: The Saints cut Moore on Friday to create salary cap space for 2014.
WHAT NOW: Moore is free to sign with another team.
SUPER MOMENT: Porter provided the most memorable highlight, all but clinching the win with his 74-yard return of a Peyton Manning interception.
WITH THE SAINTS: The Port Allen native intercepted Brett Favre near the end of regulation in the NFC Championship game. He had seven INTs with the Saints from 2008-11.
THE DEPARTURE: The Saints chose not to re-sign Porter after the 2011 season, and he became a free agent.
WHAT NOW: Porter signed with the Denver Broncos, who cut him after 2012. Porter started all 16 games with the Oakland Raiders in 2013.