July 27, 2011

Lance Moore Mocks Bush As He Announces Re-signing

WR Lance Moore tweeted today to announce that he had agree to terms on a five year contract with the Saints, a contract that can be signed and made official on Friday.

But he didn't miss the opportunity to take a jab at Reggie Bush, whose Saint career may have only hours left.

"Welp, its been real new orleans........"  he started, mocking Bush's draft evening message that followed the selection of Mark Ingram.  But Moore continued, "But let's make the next five years even more real. I'm coming back baby!!! #whodat"

Bush wrote on the public social networking site Twitter, "It's been fun New Orleans."

Moore followed it with a less antagonistic note, "So excited to be back with the who dat nation. I'm ready to get back to work and back around my teammates. #lego"

Back on the topic of Moore, a rags to riches tale of hard work and determination, who clearly is a favorite of Sean Payton and Drew Brees.  Moore was himself an undrafted free agent out of Toledo after the 2005 NFL Draft.  He caught on with the Saints' practice squad after recovering from his injury during the dismal 2005 season, and was signed to the Saints' offseason roster in January 2006.

Moore, who will be 28 in August, missed the 2005 scouting combine with a collegiate shoulder injury, and was labeled too slow and too small, despite being ultra-productive in Toledo's wide-open offensive scheme.

Moore was active in 2006 for four games, and made his first NFL reception on the first play of the second quarter of the Saints' October 1st game against the Panthers.  He was the Saints' punt returner for four games in 2006.

In 2007, Moore emerged as a slot receiver, appearing in all sixteen games.  He helped the Saints grab their first win of the season with his first NFL touchdown, an end around from seven yards out.

Moore had a career-best campaign in 2008, recording six starts and catching 79 passes for 928 yards and ten touchdowns.  Moore was limited by a shoulder injury in 2009 but returned for the Saints' playoff run, converting an astounding, acrobatic reception for a two-point conversion that was critical in the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV win.

Last season Moore returned to form and made a number of dazzling receptions among his 66 catches for 763  yards and 8 touchdowns.

Moore's taunting treatment of Bush may be indicative of what many Saints players already think: that Bush will be cut tomorrow and sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.

Moore is just the first of many key re-signings to be made by the Saints, who stand to lose as many as six starters in unrestricted free agency in the coming days.

Terms of Moore's deal are not immediately available.  Moore cannot actually sign the contract until Friday, as part of the new CBA's scheduling.

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