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New Orleans Saints getting busy

The New Orleans Saints, who had been relatively quiet since the end of the lockout, are starting to get active.

Wide receiver Lance Moore said he has agreed to a five-year contract with the Saints and the team also reportedly has reached an agreement with former Seattle linebacker Will Herring.

Let’s start with Moore because that’s the bigger move. Although Moore probably could have gone to other teams where he might have had a shot to put up bigger receiving numbers, the Saints apparently recognized his value and rewarded him for that. Moore has been a steady role player in an offense that spreads the ball around a lot.

Perhaps most important of all, Moore is one of quarterback Drew Brees’ favorite targets and we all know the Saints like to keep Brees happy. He should stay that way because he has a receiving corps that features Moore, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson and tight end Jimmy Graham.

Moore also was probably at or near the top of the list of the Saints’ pile of 28 unrestricted free agents and you’ll probably see them re-signing some more of their own soon.

They went outside to get Herring and it makes plenty of sense. Primarily a backup in Seattle, Herring could get a shot to compete for a starting job at outside linebacker. One of last season’s starting outside linebackers is Scott Shanle, who is a free agent. The other spot is wide open, although the Saints have several other players who should be in the mix for that job.