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Falcons sign a former rival in receiver Lance Moore

Lance Moore has 389 receptions and 44 touchdowns in a 10-year NFL career, the first eight with New Orleans. Crystal LoGiudice/USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons signed a former member of their bitter rival Friday.

Lance Moore, who had his best years with the New Orleans Saints, was added to the Falcons' roster Friday. His arrival coincided with the release of wide receiver Chris King. The team also signed linebacker Dominique Tovell a day after cutting linebacker Torrey Green amid a sexual assault investigation.

Moore, who turns 33 at the end of the month, is a former undrafted player from Toledo. He has primarily played the "Z" and slot receiver spots throughout his career.

In nine seasons in New Orleans, Moore put up solid numbers, including 1,041 receiving yards on 65 catches with six touchdowns in 2012. He played for the Detroit Lions last season and had 29 catches for 337 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games, including eight starts.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn continues to emphasize making roster battles a competitive situation. We'll see how Moore fares throughout the rest of the preseason. The Falcons, of course, have one of the best receivers in the game in Julio Jones. Also in the group is newly signed Mohamed Sanu, emerging second-year player Justin Hardy, deep threat Aldrick Robinson, savvy veteran Eric Weems and rookie Devin Fuller, who has been a pleasant surprise.

Moore also has been a kickoff and punt returner throughout the course of his career, although not really recently. He ranks among the top five receivers in Saints history in receptions (346) and touchdown catches (38) to go along with 4,281 yards. Moore also was the Saints' Man of the Year in 2012 for his off-the-field work.