ALLEN PARK - Quarterback Charlie Batch and receiver Herman Moore were officially cut by the Detroit Lions on Monday. It was no surprise to anyone that they were released, because it was a done deal by the end of last season the Lions just had to wait until Monday to be able to save money on the salary cap.
Batch had three seasons left and $10 million left on his contract. Moore had four seasons and almost $16 million left on his contract.
The Lions have second year quarterback Mike McMahon and rookie quarterback Joey Harrington competing for the starting job for 2002. The Lions feel that both McMahon and Harrington are better quarterback's then Batch was in running the West Coast offense.
Moore was the Lions all-time leading receiver, but over the past few season could not stay healthy enough to help the team. The Lions in the off-season also cut Johnnie Morton and signed both wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim and Bill Schroeder, along with re-signing wide receiver Germane Crowell.