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Lions sign veteran WR Lance Moore

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Lance Moore had 14 catches for 198 yards and two TDs for the Steelers last season.

After the Lions hired Joe Lombardi in 2014, former Saints wide receiver Lance Moore seemed like a good free-agent fit to come to Detroit.

Ultimately, Moore signed with the Steelers last year, but with Pittsburgh cutting the veteran in March, the Lions took advantage of an opportunity to add him this year.

The Lions announced they agreed to a one-year deal with Moore, 31, on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Moore was a key cog in the highly productive Saints offense for much of his career, spending nine years in New Orleans.

Last year in Pittsburgh, he had just 14 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. By the end of the year, Moore fell on the depth chart behind Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton, as well as All-Pro Antonio Brown.

Though Moore isn't a lock to make the team, the Lions have been looking for a backup receiver with an ability to get open and be a reliable target for Matthew Stafford. Behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, the Lions don't have any receivers with Moore's credentials, but he will turn 32 before the season begins.

At his peak, Moore had a 1,041-yard season in 2012 and a 928-yard, 10-touchdown performance in 2008. His best trait is his ability to run slippery routes out of the slot, and he has good hands.

Moore will compete for playing time with Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, TJ Jones and other young, unproven players on the roster.

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