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Horn gets his release

August 19th, 2008

The AJC reports that the Falcons have released wide receiver Joe Horn. Horn and his agent were given permission to seek a trade to another team earlier this summer, but trade talks had been unproductive.

Horn was signed by the team in 2007 to a four-year contract in hopes of bolstering the team’s subpar receiver spot. But Horn was less than spectacular, only catching 27 passes in his first season with the Falcons. Instead, the Falcons saw increased production from young players like Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, and Laurent Robinson. WIth the team’s decision to draft Harry Douglas this past April, the writing was on the wall that Horn would be gone from the team.

As part of his contract, Horn has his $2.5 million base salary this year guaranteed. According to ESPN’s John Clayton, depending on the parameters of any new contract with his next team could lessen that load on their cap.

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