What a difference a day makes.
It all links back to the team's dodgy financial outlook heading into free agency, with New Orleans resting just $1.5 million under the cap.
Moore's release would shave $2.5 million off the cap, but trading him would save the Saints his full $5 million price tag for 2014. We'd be surprised if the 30-year-old pass catcher generates much interest coming off his worst season in four years.
Sproles is a juicy trade target for teams in need of an elusive receiver out of the backfield who can turn a screen pass into a bomb blast. He's been a super-productive, electric target for Drew Brees, but Sproles is set to cost $4.25 million for a team desperately looking around for loose change.
These are big-name players for the Saints. Last year at this time, New Orleans was backfield-heavy with Chris Ivory in the ranks alongside Thomas, Sproles and Mark Ingram. It's especially hard to imagine this offense without a guy like Thomas, who's served as the team's most reliable runner for years.
All the players above have a decent chance to stick around if they agree to pay reductions. If they don't, a flurry of trades or notable cuts appears imminent in the Big Easy. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Moore sent out a cryptic tweet Friday morning in which he said goodbye to the city where he played for nine seasons.