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Notes: Saints cutting Lance Moore, Darren Sproles

The Saints released veteran receiver Lance Moore and according to multiple reports are close to doing the same with running back/return specialist Darren Sproles.

Before the Moore move was announced, he all but confirmed it with a note on Twitter.

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Moore wrote: ‘‘Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!’’

Moore entered the NFL with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2005 and joined the Saints’ practice squad later that season.

In 2008, he was New Orleans’s leading receiver with 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Moore was due $3.1 million in base salary in 2014.

The NFL Network reported the Sproles move is imminent but NBC Sports, citing a league source, said the Saints are still trying to trade the diminutive runner.

Either way, his days as a Saint appear numbered.

Sproles tweeted: “Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past three years! I will always be forever grateful.’’

Sproles, who accounted for 604 yards receiving and 220 rushing, is due $3.4 million in salary.

Sharper stay extended

A judge said former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper cannot be held without bail indefinitely in a sex assault case in Los Angeles but gave Louisiana prosecutors more time to indict him before allowing his release in California.

LA Superior Court Judge Renee Korn issued the ruling Friday after hearing arguments from Sharper’s attorneys that the athlete should be released on bail.

Sharper has not been charged in New Orleans but faces charges in Los Angeles of drugging and raping two women.

Korn gave prosecutors until March 13 to present an indictment from New Orleans.

Sharper has pleaded not guilty in the California case and was free on $1 million bail until an arrest warrant was issued in New Orleans,

The warrant states that police detectives in New Orleans learned from witnesses that Sharper and an associate acknowledged having nonconsensual sex with two women.

Jaguars keep Henne

The Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne — and making him the starter. Henne and the team agreed to a two-year contract worth $8 million. Henne’s deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed in the first year and comes four days before the beginning of free agency and one day before Henne could have started negotiating with other teams. Coach Gus Bradley made it clear the plan is for Henne to be the starter, even if the general manager Dave Caldwell selects a quarterback with the No. 3 pick in the May draft . . . Matt Cassel, who opted out of his previous contract with the Vikings, leaving $3.7 million on the table, re-signed a two-year deal with the team according to the NFL Network. No financial details were released. The Vikings also re-signed punt returner/cornerback Marcus Sherels . . . Steelers receiver Antonio Brown restructured his contract to free up $4 million worth of cap space, according to ESPN . . . The network also reported the Cardinals signed ex-Vikings tight end John Carlson to a two-year, $4 million pact . . . Linebacker Mark Herzlich re-signed with the Giants. The former Boston College star has 57 tackles on defense and 33 special teams tackles in 43 games . . . The Cowboys released center Phil Costa and reworked guard Mackenzy Bernadeau’s contract to get under the cap. The Costa move saves the Cowboys $1.5 million. Bernadeau signed a four-year deal worth $11 million as a free agent in 2012 . . . The Seahawks signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions.

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