No doubt recognizing they were thin on experience and depth in the secondary, the Saints sought to address both problems on Tuesday. Josh Katzenstein for NOLA.com reports the club has signed journeyman defensive back Sterling Moore to a one-year contract with the regular season right around the corner.
The addition of Moore comes hot on the heels of Cortland Finnegan’s release. With the 10th-year veteran suddenly out of the equation, the Saints had only one cornerback on the roster who had started or even played in an NFL regular season game. That would be former CFL star Delvin Breaux, who has one season under his belt.
Despite the obvious questions with the Saints’ group of corners, the defense likely won’t look for Moore to start, at least not right away. 2015 third-round draft pick P.J. Williams is expected to play a big role after missing all of his rookie season with a torn hamstring. However, Moore’s presence could keep undrafted corners Ken Crawley and De’Vante Harris on the bench.
New Orleans will be Moore’s sixth stop in the NFL. The 5-10, 202-pound defensive back appeared in 32 games the past two seasons for the Buccaneers and Cowboys, starting in 16. The 26-year-old signed with the Bills during the offseason, but was released as the club trimmed it’s roster to 53 players.
At least Moore has experience. However, the fact that the Saints needed to add a cornerback primarily for that reason just days ahead of their Week 1 matchup with the Oakland Raiders speaks volumes about just what a precarious situation that is. Something tells us the New Orleans secondary might run into serious problems if there’s just one injury on the outside.