The New Orleans Saints released four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn on Thursday, making him a free agent. According to the Fayetteville Observer, the Falcons are one of four teams that have expressed interest in Horn, per his agent Ralph Vitolo.
A groin injury limited Horn to only ten games and nine starts. His absence allowed the emergence of seventh round pick Marques Colston. Horn still managed 37 catches and 4 touchdowns last year.
Colston’s emergence, coupled with Horn’s age (35) and 2007 base salary ($4.45 million) caused the Saints to look in a new direction at that position.
The Falcons wide receiver woes are no secret, and a veteran of Horn’s would not only add a set of reliable hands, but also add a solid veteran presence to help tutor young wideouts such as Michael Jenkins and Roddy White. Despite missing about half the season, Horn was still nearly as productive as the Falcons leading wideout Jenkins who caught 39 passes and 7 touchdowns.
The other teams mentioned by his agent as being interested are the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay Packers. The Falcons could have an advantage in landing Horn over those teams as it would allow him to face the Saints twice per year, and is much closer to his homes in Louisiana and North Carolina.