"I was wrestling with it all night," Moore told FOXSports.com's Mike Garafolo on Wednesday. "I was excited, but when you start looking at all the personal factors that go into it and the commitment on the football side and you've been in a different mental state also the past three or four months because no action's been happening, you kind of move on with your life."
Said Moore: "I was happy with that and fine with that. But when you get a call from a coach I care deeply for in (Cowboys offensive coordinator) Bill Callahan, you start to feel it, you get excited and you're finally like, 'I want to do it.' But you map out the logistics of it all -- the physical and mental commitment, the tear on your family."
Moore, 33, recently said he harbored no intentions to call it quits, but his reported $3 million to $4 million asking price scared off teams. The Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins backed away from signing Moore this offseason, but the Cowboys -- desperate for help on their interior line -- offered enough to entice Moore back. For a day.
By all accounts, Moore still can play. He graded out as the fourth-best guard in the NFL last season by ProFootballFocus.com. He was a capable run blocker and pass protector for the New York Jets in 2012 and hasn't missed a start since 2004. Moore's 10 seasons in New York resulted in only one Pro Bowl nod, but he was a reliable anchor for the Jets for much of his career.
The Cowboys seemed like a good fit for Moore, but he's choosing to step away from it all. We wish him well.