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The New Orleans Saints released wide receiver Lance Moore, the team announced on Friday.

Earlier Friday, Moore thanked Saints fans in a farewell message on Twitter.

"Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!" he wrote.

Moore, 30, was due to make $3.8 million this year, including a $500,000 roster bonus. He still has two years left on his contract.

The Saints will save more than $2.5 million against the salary cap by releasing Moore. That amount could be as high as his $3.8 million earnings if they designate his release after June 1.

The Saints are close to even with the cap after designating tight end tight end Jimmy Graham as their franchise player and making a restricted free agent tender to safety Rafael Bush.

Moore has been with the Saints since joining the practice squad in 2005 -- a longer tenure than anyone else on the roster. He ranks in the top five in franchise history with 346 catches and 38 touchdown receptions. He also has 4,281 receiving yards.

After his first 1,000-yard season in 2012, he was limited to 37 receptions for 457 yards with two touchdowns last year. A hand injury caused him to miss three weeks early in the season.

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