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Saints cut 2 fan favorites

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In what has become the biggest cost-cutting offseason ever under Sean Payton, the Saints on Friday cut two more veterans that were fan favorites.

Wide receiver Lance Moore took to Twitter Friday morning to say goodbye to the Who Dat Nation. The Saints parted ways with him after nine years and eight official seasons with the club.

He was the longest-tenured Saint.

Moore had over 1,000 yards in 2012 but saw his production dip to just 37 catches and two touchdowns in 2013.

His release opens up $2.5 million in salary cap space for the Saints.

Next was running back Darren Sproles. According to the NFL Network, Sproles came to the Saints in 2011 and became an instant fan favorite when he set an NFL record for the most all-purpose yards in a season.

But last year, his production dipped - particularly in the run-and-return game.

Monetarily, Sproles carried a $4.25 million cap hit. His release created $3.5 million in cap space.

A lot of these moves had to be made to get under the salary cap to take care of other offseason priorities, the first of which is Jimmy Graham. But Graham fired off a tweet of his own in response to Friday's cuts: "Wow unbelievable. Shocked and disappointed on everything that's gone on this offseason."

And the Saints may not be done. They still have a draft class and some other free agents both on their roster and on the open market that they may have an interest in.

As for the fans, some applauded the moves while others were left shaking their head in disbelief. To read what some fans are saying, click on our Facebook page.

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