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Falcons' Horn asks to be traded

By STEVE WYCHE

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 05/12/08

Flowery Branch Falcons veteran wide receiver Joe Horn said Monday that he would like to be traded instead of remaining with the team as a "just-in-case guy."

"I want to win a Super Bowl and I want to win a Super Bowl here in Atlanta, but I don't think I can help this team win a Super Bowl sitting on the bench, waiting for third down," Horn said.

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Horn said he had not approached the team yet about his desire to be dealt but that him and/or his agent would in the near future.

When told of Horn's remarks, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said: "He is still part of our team and we still see a future for him here."

Horn said that he would be professional for as long as he remains with the Falcons. He said he hopes the Falcons will push to deal him to a team who values him as a contributor.

"They're going with the younger guys and I don't have a problem with that, if that's the course they've chosen," Horn said. "I want to have an opportunity to play with a team that needs a veteran to play and contribute and who helps the young guys.

"I'm not rocking the boat. The main reason I came here last year was for [owner] Arthur Blank. His character, his passion and the way he takes care of his people. I relish the opportunity to play here. I haven't talked to Mr. Blank but so far the way it seems, I think they want to go younger."

Horn, 36, made his remarks after the fifth and final session of a mandatory minicamp. During the five workouts and during a pre-draft minicamp in April second-year player Laurent Robinson replaced Horn in the starting lineup alongside Roddy White.

Michael Jenkins and rookie Harry Douglas also took repetitions this weekend, which could have prompted Horn to feel as if he was being pushed down the depth chart. Brian Finneran, Eric Weems and Adam Jennings are also vying to be among the five-to-six wide receivers retained.

"I know I can still play and start but Roddy deserves his chance and Laurent Robinson is making plays and he deserves his chance," Horn said. "When I came here last year I was promised I'd be on the field and it turned out I was a just-in-case guy with the situation that went on. So far this year, it seems like that's the case again."

Horn is one of the few veterans remaining on a team that has been deconstructed after a tumultuous 4-12 2007 season. With players such as Warrick Dunn, Alge Crumpler, DeAngelo Hall and Wayne Gandy released or traded, Horn was expected to be one of the team leaders.

That's fine, he said, but he wants his role to be more than mentoring people to take his job.

Horn, once among the top wide receivers in the NFL during his seven seasons with New Orleans, signed a four-year, free-agent contract last summer worth up to $18.5 million with incentives. He is due $2.5 million in base salary this season.

Horn started 12 games last season and had 27 catches for 243 yards and one touchdown. It was his least productive season since 1998, when he had 14 receptions with Kansas City. He was bothered by a hamstring injury but his role under then-coach Bobby Petrino waned over the course of the season as Robinson emerged and White prospered.

Without speaking specifically to Horn's situation, coach Mike Smith said very few jobs are secure and that competition is the best way to build a depth chart and roster.

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FalconMama (5/12/2008)
LMAO@ Joe Horn

I don't understand that, the guy is 36, he wants to play football not watch it. If he was told one thing and another thing happened, it's understandable that he would want to go somewhere else that will play him. I'm glad to have had him if only for one season, if nothing else, Roddy White is a better player for having played with him.

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once again, our newly signed recievers will suck because they have no veteran leadership..joe was the only true vet we had..finn spent too much time on the injured list, and he cant show these young recievers the ropes of the nfl like joe can...harry would learn so much from joe..roddy isnt on that level as joe is..roddy is still learning himself, so he cant teach someone anything...dayummmmm..

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Hey FO, I'll trade you Brad right now straight up for Joe Horn.  Take it or leave it.

(Brad is "that guy" on my church league basketball team.  He asked to play w/ us so we had to let him.  Dude is the worst basketball player I've ever seen)

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da snowman (5/12/2008)
once again, our newly signed recievers will suck because they have no veteran leadership..joe was the only true vet we had..finn spent too much time on the injured list, and he cant show these young recievers the ropes of the nfl like joe can...harry would learn so much from joe..roddy isnt on that level as joe is..roddy is still learning himself, so he cant teach someone anything...dayummmmm..

First off, he is paid WAY to much for mentoring.  Secondly, I believe the receivers can learn alot from Roddy, which I know he only had one breakout year so far, but something got him out of that dropping passes slump and he knows what did it for him.  Laurent seems to be fine on his own.  They can learn what they need to know from Roddy and Finneran.  Don't forget about Finny, he's a veteran too.  He should make roster at #4 or #5.

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I think he watched at mini camp too, he saw the young receivers that I think are better than him at this stage of his life in football. I think the performance of Harry Douglas impressed him too, and he wants to move on......like I said with D. Hall, if they don't want to be here, cut them loose" maybe trade him for a DT.

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I seen where you said Finneran in your post, but I apparently didn't remember.  Brian can offer some leadership, he too struggled at first with drops and he was able to come through just like Roddy.  I think these two will teach them all they need to be tought.  If Joe left Roddy with any kind of insight, I'm sure Roddy will pass it along. 

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da snowman (5/12/2008)
once again, our newly signed recievers will suck because they have no veteran leadership..joe was the only true vet we had..finn spent too much time on the injured list, and he cant show these young recievers the ropes of the nfl like joe can...harry would learn so much from joe..roddy isnt on that level as joe is..roddy is still learning himself, so he cant teach someone anything...dayummmmm..

First off, he is paid WAY to much for mentoring.  Secondly, I believe the receivers can learn alot from Roddy, which I know he only had one breakout year so far, but something got him out of that dropping passes slump and he knows what did it for him.  Laurent seems to be fine on his own.  They can learn what they need to know from Roddy and Finneran.  Don't forget about Finny, he's a veteran too.  He should make roster at #4 or #5.

 

joe got roddy out of dropping passes....roddy is not ready to be a mentor to anyone..1 sucessful season isnt good enough..

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