Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Aug 2008

Falcons Release Joe Horn

In a move pretty much everyone saw coming, the Falcons have released Joe Horn from his contract. Nobody was willing to trade anything to acquire Horn, but if you're a playoff-ready team with injuries at wide receiver, and your jerseys are grey-ish blue, and you play in a loud stadium in a port city on the West Coast, you might want to take a look.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 19 Aug 2008

22 comments, Last at 21 Aug 2008, 7:38am by andrew


by BOOM!ImChrishHanshen (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 2:45pm

Purple uniforms would qualify for consideration, as well.

by rrhartjr (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 2:53pm

I'm not sure even the Seahawks would want Horn. He's not very good and they have some good talent in camp (Obomanu and Taylor). Engram and Branch should be along sometime this season, purportedly.

And it's not like they really are gonna have to try very hard to win the NFC West, AGAIN.

by erik (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 2:54pm

As a Saints fan, I wish Horn the best. Unfortunately, I don't think he has anything left. He's 36, and his last full productive season was 2004. Whoever signs him (assuming anyone does) is a lot more likely to get the Falcon Joe Horn, not the Saint Joe Horn.

by Chris (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 3:25pm

I wonder if the Saints would take him back.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 3:49pm

Oh, the Vikings should definitely fly him in for a workout, especialy with Berrian having a case of turf toe (sigh), but I doubt Horn has anything left.

by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (aka SJM) (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 4:56pm

Remember last year when we were discussing how well Horn could replace Brian Finneran as a reliable target for Michael Vick?

Where do the times go...

by Nathan (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 5:36pm

Ralph Vitolo said that the Dolphins would be an ideal landing spot.

"Joe could bring veteran leadership and mentor the young receivers,'' Vitolo said. "We have an interest in Miami if they have an interest in Joe.''

by the K (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 6:58pm

Horn always seemed like a very good guy. I hope he lands in a good situation for himself.

by Raiderjoe (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 9:54pm

Why would Siants want J Horn? team has good Wrs. Colston, R. Meachem, Patten, henderson, Copper, Artington, and Moore all better optioons now than Horn. orhn is just an old goat now wahsed up and gray and eating old shoes.

by TruFalcon (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:16pm

Finn is back baby.

by mm (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:58pm

As a Saints fan, I wish Horn the best. Unfortunately, I don’t think he has anything left. He’s 36, and his last full productive season was 2004. Whoever signs him (assuming anyone does) is a lot more likely to get the Falcon Joe Horn, not the Saint Joe Horn

I dunno. I think he was still playing well 2 years ago until his hamstring injury. The fact that he tried to come back too early effectively doubled the time he was out, causing him to miss the playoff run.

I don't know if he's still the receiver he was, but I wouldn't hold anything that happened last year in Atlanta against him. If I was a WR needy team, (not the Saints), I'd give him a try-out.

by Joe T. (not verified) :: Tue, 08/19/2008 - 11:28pm

I hear the Bungles are pretty desperate for WRs right now...

by djl (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 4:14am

...immediately after hearing the news, Horn walked over to the goalposts, grabbed a hidden cell phone, and called his mom to tell her.

by Dean (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 7:31am

Why would anyone want Joe Horn at this point?

I'm an Iggles fan, and I would love to see us bring in a veteran WR who can help, but as for Horn, at this point, I wouldn't even waste the time bringing him in for a workout.

Remember, last year the QBs s#cked in Atlanta, but yet they were still enough of an improvement over Ron Mexico that Roddy White and Michael Jenkins both produced career high numbers. Joe Horn, meanwhile, sulked and was one of the ringleaders in getting the team to mutiny on Petrino. Remember, Petrino got tons of bad press (deservedly) because he left in a bad way, but that team quit on him in Camp - and I'm specifically referring to Crumpler, Horn, Hall, and a couple other ringleaders. Bobby Petrino never stood a chance in Atlanta. But because the press corps had their bad-guy, the players got a free pass and were never held accountable for quitting. But they're just as bad as him. And Joe Horn was at the forefront of undermining Petrino.

Even if Kevin Curtis got injured, I still wouldn't call Joe Horn.

by erik (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 11:33am

Historically, Horn was a warrior. He made tough catches, and he was a leader on and off the field.

But... There were whispers that he was behind Willy Roaf's departure. He definitely appeared to have a troubled relationship with with Payton. He's 36. He's had three consecutive seasons with injuries. The Saints wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole.

by Jimmy (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 12:47pm

But… There were whispers that he was behind Willy Roaf’s departure.

I would say that is about as delicate a euphemism as could be used there, well done.

by Andrew (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 2:38pm

Even if Kevin Curtis got injured, I still wouldn’t call Joe Horn.

You just had to go and fucking say it, and 4 hours later its announced Curtis is undergoing the knife for a sports hernia.

by PhillyCWC (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 3:27pm

Re 14 - way to jinx us. Thanks.

by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 4:52pm

Re 14 etc.: if there's any chance you could post something like "Even if William Clay Ford sold the Lions ...", I'm fairly sure some of us could put together a decent compensation package for you.

by Dean (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 4:58pm

Wow. Talk about karma.

Name your pennance, guys. I humbly submit to whatever punishment is required for this one. Short of any endorsement of a team with a star on their helmet.

But if it makes you feel any better, I still wouldn't call Joe Horn.

by PhillyCWC (not verified) :: Wed, 08/20/2008 - 11:20pm

Re 20 - your punishment is that you shall henceforth be known as Jinxy McJinx, Sir Jinx-a-lot, or Bad Karma. Take your pick.

Okay, just kidding, but really - how weird was that!

by andrew (not verified) :: Thu, 08/21/2008 - 7:38am

#20, your penance shall be to make similar statements about various cowboy, giant and redskin players.

e.g., "I wouldn't feel sorry for the Cowboys even if TO got hurt"