Lance Moore Retires from NFL: Latest Comments and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Detroit Lions wide receiver Lance Moore (16) runs with the ball after a catch against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Detroit. The Lions won the game 45-14.  (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Following brief stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, Lance Moore was set to suit up for his third team in as many years, as the Atlanta Falcons announced a deal with the veteran receiver on Aug. 5. However, Moore decided on Monday that he will instead retire after 10 seasons in the NFL, per the team's official website.

The 32-year-old expressed a strong desire to latch on with the Lions following a productive 2015 season, but Detroit opted to part ways with Moore's NFL career presumably nearing a close. 

"I would love to be back here," Moore said in January, according to MLive's Justin Rogers. "This place has basically refreshed and re-energized my love for football. I love the guys in the locker room, I love the coaches, I played college ball an hour from here. We'll wait and see what happens."

During the 2015 season, Moore amassed 29 catches for 337 yards and four touchdowns. Considering the 10-year veteran posted just 14 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, Moore had every reason to feel rejuvenated catching passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford

Moore's stock peaked with the New Orleans Saints after he posted 121 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008, but he remained effective well into the following decade by notching a career-best 1,041 receiving yards in 2012 while posting 16 yards per catch. 

Stops with the Steelers and Lions relegated the slot receiver to more of a supplementary rotational role, and a smattering of injuries throughout his time with the Saints ultimately capped his potential. 

Moore's retirement is surprising since he is plenty capable of making an impact despite climbing up into his mid-30s.

Moore would still be a fit as a traditional slot receiver role at 5'9" and could have been a nice complementary piece with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu lining up on the outside to give quarterback Matt Ryan another option to look toward. 

Moore will be regarded as being a terrific route-runner who excelled up the seam and in short-yardage situations. 


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