The veteran wideout signed with the Falcons on Friday, but he has decided to draw the curtain on his NFL career rather than continue to compete for a spot in Atlanta’s offense. Moore announced his retirement through the team on Monday morning.
The Falcons will have to look for another option for receiving depth after recently signing Moore.
After recording 2,000-plus yards and 25 touchdowns for the University of Toledo, Moore was signed by the Cleveland Browns as a college free agent following the 2005 NFL Draft. Moore is entering his 10th year in the NFL and has played for three different teams. He spent eight years with the Falcons divisional rival, the New Orleans Saints, recording 346 receptions for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns. Moore has 389 career receptions for 4,816 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Moore could see time in the slot but it remains to be seen just what kind of role he'll have. He'll at least be behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Outside of that, Justin Hardy and Eric Weems are next up on the depth chart for Atlanta.
The Chargers are signing long-time Green Bay Packers wideout, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source aware of the move.
Rapoport reported earlier that the Chargers were hosting Jones and former Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline on Tuesday, per sources. In addition, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported former Lions receiver Lance Moore would also work out for the team.
It's clear the 32-year-old has lost a step, won't get much separation from corners and will rely on timing with the quarterback to earn any production in his 10th NFL season, the story said. With Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin look like they will start, so the Chargers might be comfortable using Jones as a veteran replacement in a limited role in 2016. However as we reported several times, it's not out of the question Allen gets time in the slot with Jones on the outside.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson and TE Eric Ebron both missed practice Saturday and are questionable for Monday Night. We're tentatively expecting both to play, but neither is a lock for owners with the Monday Night kickoff.