The Raiders are signing Moore to their practice squad, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com tweets. Moore, 26, will be the most experienced pass catcher on Las Vegas’ taxi unit, but after the NFL expanded P-squads to 16 players last year, numerous veterans have landed such deals to continue their careers.
Moore served as a complementary option in Seattle but twice exceeded 400 receiving yards in a season, doing so in 2018 and ’20. He totaled 11 touchdown receptions between those campaigns, adding two more in 2019. Moore signed a two-year, $4.75MM deal with the Panthers in March.
The Raiders already have veterans Willie Snead and Zay Jones on their active roster. Moore provides additional insurance for a team set to rely on homegrown young wideouts. Las Vegas also releasedJohn Brown earlier this week.
September 1st, 2021 at 1:08pm CST by Zachary Links
The Panthers have released David Moore, per a club announcement. The move doesn’t come as a total shock since the Panthers still have five wide receivers on the roster.
Moore made the initial 53-man cut, but didn’t keep his spot for long. Second-round pick Terrace Marshall Jr. turned in a strong camp, pushing Moore down the depth chart and, ultimately, off the team. The Panthers will give the youngin’ room to develop behind starters D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson. Brandon Zylstra and Shi Smith comprise the rest of the WR contingent, though Smith’s shoulder injury could allow Marshall to see extra snaps early on.
Moore’s two-year, $4.75MM deal included $1.25MM guaranteed, so the Panthers will carry some dead money here. Given his track record and relative youth (26), it’s likely that he’ll find work elsewhere. Last year, Moore notched 35 catches for 417 yards and six touchdowns for the Seahawks.
March 18th, 2021 at 5:08pm CST by Andrew Ortenberg
The Panthers just lost a receiver when Curtis Samuel signed with Washington, and now they’re adding one. Carolina has agreed to terms with David Moore, Bill Voth of the team’s official site tweets.
It’s a two-year deal for the D2 product out of East Central University, long-time Panthers beat writer Joseph Person tweets. The pact is worth $4.75MM over two years with $1.25MM guaranteed, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network tweets. Moore was a seventh-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017, and he turned into a nice unheralded find. He appeared in only one game with no stats as a rookie, but quickly broke out as a sophomore.
In 2018 he played in all 16 games, racking up 26 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns, averaging an impressive 17.1 yards per reception as a deep threat. This past season in 16 games and six starts, he had 35 catches for 417 yards and six touchdowns.
Moore turned 26 in January, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can do when not buried behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. Carolina is reportedly aggressively looking for an upgrade at quarterback over Teddy Bridgewater, so it’s unclear who he’ll be catching passes from in 2021.
The Panthers currently have Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore at receiver, but little outside of them, so Moore should have a good chance at winning the third receiver job depending on what they do in the draft.
September 5th, 2020 at 11:43am CST by Andrew Ortenberg
On this busy Saturday morning we’ve got a few contract re-workings to pass along. A few teams, all franchises hoping to compete for a championship this year, are freeing up some cap space, possibly to pursue some of the veterans left on the market:
Mike Evans, WR (Buccaneers): Tampa freed up $9.5MM by converting some of Evans’ salary into a signing bonus, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. The Bucs are loading up for their potential Tom Brady title run, having just signed Leonard Fournette earlier this week, and it’s possible they aren’t done yet. Evans is under contract through the 2023 season.
David DeCastro, OL (Steelers):Pittsburgh created $3.85MM with the signing bonus trick with DeCastro, Yates notes. The veteran guard has two years left on his five-year, $50MM pact.
David Moore, WR (Seahawks): Moore has reworked his deal to stay in Seattle, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweets. This one sounds like more of a pay cut in order to keep his roster spot rather than the vets above who just had salary converted to signing bonuses. Rapoport notes that Moore had been set to make $2.13MM under his RFA tender, and he presumably took less than that to make the 53. He had 17 receptions for 301 yards and two touchdowns last year.
Buccaneers LB Devin Whitewill not play this weekend, per Greg Auman of The Athletic (Twitter link).
Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepardis out of the concussion protocol and will play in Week 3 per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com (via PFT). Rookie QB Daniel Jones will be making his first start, so Shepard’s presence will be especially helpful.
The Seahawks are getting closer to full strength, as both WR David Mooreand defensive end Ezekiel Ansah are expected to play in Week 3, per Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk. We had already heard that Ansah was likely to make his Seattle debut this weekend, but Moore’s return is earlier than expected, even after we learned at the end of August that he would avoid IR.
Tyler Kroft‘s Bills debut may be put on hold for awhile longer. Kroft was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, but as Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk writes, Buffalo HC Sean McDermott told reporters that Kroft injured his ankle in Thursday’s practice and will undergo further evaluation.
Seahawks wideout David Moorehas received a second opinion on his shoulder injury, and the opinion is favorable. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that Moore will not be placed on IR and is expected to be back sooner rather than later (Twitter link). RapSheet characterizes the development as “surprisingly positive news.”
Indeed, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Moore would open the season on the 53-man roster, as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times tweets. Moore will still miss the start of the regular season, but his absence will be shorter than was initially expected.
Moore, who is dealing with a hairline fracture in his humerus, is slated to play a key role for Seattle as it ushers in the post-Doug Baldwin era. Moore, whom the Seahawks selected in the seventh round of the 2017 draft, posted 26 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns last season. He started seven games for the club and should serve as a solid option for Russell Wilson.
The news on Moore is especially welcome since rookie receiver D.K. Metcalfrecently underwent knee surgery and is uncertain for Week 1.
It’s been a rough year for 49ers injuries. A few of their key players may not be ready for Week 1. It is now possible Nick Bosa and Jason Verrett will join the likes of Garrett Celek and Jerick McKinnon (in all likelihood) as being sidelined for San Francisco’s opener. During an interview with KNBR (via Pro Football Talk), John Lynch called both Bosa and Verrett 50-50 to suit up for the 49ers’ opener against the Buccaneers. Bosa is battling a high ankle sprain — his latest in a string of maladies since his junior year at Ohio State — and Verrett is also dealing with ankle trouble. The injury-prone cornerback, who tore an Achilles’ tendon in July 2018, sprained an ankle August 7.
Shifting first to some issues the Seahawks’ Week 1 contingent may have, here is the latest from the West divisions:
Two key Seahawks wide receivers may not be ready for the team’s 2019 opener. D.K. Metcalf underwent knee surgery this week and is uncertain for Week 1, while Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweetsDavid Moore will not be ready for Seattle’s 2019 debut. Moore will seek a second opinion on a shoulder injury, one Pelissero notes is not expected to require surgery. But Pete Carroll confirmed Moore (26 receptions for 445 yards and five TDs in 2018) will not suit up in Week 1. Moore and Metcalf are expected to play key roles for the post-Doug Baldwin Seahawks. They may have to supplement Tyler Lockett with lower-profile players early.
Thought to be on the wrong side of the 49ers‘ roster bubble, Jordan Matthews may be on the verge of making the team. The 49ers held the veteran receiver out of action Monday in Denver, and Kyle Shanahan confirmed he did so to get a look at his younger talents. “Jordan’s had a hell of a camp,” Shanahan said, via Matt Barrows of The Athletic (subscription required). “He’s done very good in practice; he’s been consistent in OTAs. He’s been very consistent in training camp, and we’ve seen him a lot on tape before he got here. I’ve got a lot of confidence in Jordan, and I know we can win with Jordan.” This, of course, does not mean the 27-year-old pass catcher is a roster lock. But it does paint a picture of the 49ers potentially opting for dependability here.
Hard Knocks has chronicled rookie UDFA Keelan Doss‘ attempt to make the Raiders, and after three preseason games, Vic Tafur of The Athletic has the receiver making the team over Ryan Grant. As for the former Redskins and Colts talent, the Raiders held him out of action Thursday in Winnipeg. While that could mean Grant has secured a spot on Oakland’s 53-man roster, Tafur expects a trade to occur in the coming days rather than the team keeping seven wideouts.
The most recent Hard Knocks episode showed plenty of an irritated Jon Gruden, with the ire being primarily directed toward backup quarterbacks. But Tafur expects the Raiders to keep both Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman, pegging Gruden as viewing the former as the more reliable player and the latter with greater upside (despite his previous regular-season resume).