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Steelers receiver Lance Moore acknowledges uncertain future

1/5/2015

PITTSBURGH -- Lance Moore ended one of the least productive and most frustrating seasons of his NFL career by watching the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC wild-card game.

And the veteran wide receiver watched the game in street clothes.

Moore did not dress Saturday night -- the Steelers had to play an extra running back because of the injury to Le'Veon Bell -- and it proved to be fitting epitaph to his season.

And possibly his brief Steelers career since Moore mostly watched this season as Pittsburgh's offense rolled up 411.1 total yards per game, second-most in the NFL.

The ninth-year veteran caught just 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns and Moore rarely had more than a bit role in the offense.

Moore had significantly higher expectations when he signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Steelers last March.

"It didn't go the way I'd hoped it would go but that's life in the NFL sometimes," said Moore, who spent his first eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints. "It's unfortunate that it unfolded the way that it did but I enjoyed my time here this season."

The season tested Moore's patience from the start.

The 5-9, 190-pounder played behind Justin Brown early. The emergence of rookie Martavis Bryant later usurped playing time at wide receiver, leaving Moore wondering if there is still a place for him in the Steelers' offense.

The Steelers will absorb a minimal cap hit ($322,500) in 2015 if they release the 31-year-old Moore in the offseason.

"I just want to play so whether that's here or somewhere else," Moore said. "I'd love to be here, I'd love to be a part of this offense but I think those are decisions that have to be made down the line."