After Jim Schwartz was hired by the Lions from Tennessee, we saw a host of moving vans bringing former Titans to Detroit. Stephen Tulloch, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jason Jones are three who come to mind immediately. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan brought in Nate Burleson — he was on his doorstep on the eve of free agency to pitch Detroit as a destination.
It’s not unusual for coaches to bring in players that they know.
So will it happen with the new coaching staff?
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today (Thursday) that the New Orleans Saints are “shopping” wide receiver Lance Moore. And, as it so happens, the Lions need wide receivers.
Remember, new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was the quarterbacks coach with the Saints the past five seasons so he knows Moore well.
Moore is 30 and coming off one of his worst seasons with 37 catches for 457 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He missed three games with injuries. His contract calls for $5.1 million against the salary cap for 2014 and the Saints’ cap space is an issue. If Moore stays in New Orleans, it’s likely he would have to take a pay cut.
Moore might be past his prime, but he would understand Lombardi’s offense and could help fill out the depth at the position.
Moore would provide a veteran presence with the absence of Burleson. Moore was the Saints 2012 Man of the Year and was the team’s nomination for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his volunteer and charity work.
He’s been with the Saints since 2005 and owns a Super Bowl XLIV ring.