Before the 1996 NFL draft, a small-school receiver met with a young, up-and-comer from the Baltimore Ravens by the name of Phil Savage, who was the first scout willing to spend time and visit with [Joe] Horn coming out of Itawamba Junior College. [...]
A dozen years later, Savage is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns — a team in need for a veteran third receiver to complement Pro Bowler Braylon Edwards and Donte’ Stallworth.
How about, a dozen years later, Horn was cut by a team that could actually usesome offense. Sort of like how a team has yet to pick up LeCharles Bentley despite offensive line woes throughout the league? This one just doesn’t smell right.
But of course, Horn’s already getting his hopes up…
“I would love to get with those young guys and help them win, because I know they are right at the next step of getting to the Super Bowl,” Horn, 36, said. “I would love to be a part of Cleveland’s organization and help them get to that next level.”
Walker’s report is definitely a feel-good story of a wide receiver that is reminiscing about the times of old. However, the market for football players near 40 years of age simply isn’t very robust.
Sure, I would love to have a solid option at the third receiver. And Horn was a Pro Bowler four times over. Granted, we do not ask much of our third receiver; evidenced by the eight catches that Tim Carter had for the entire season. But is Horn the answer?
I’m sure Travis Wilson, Steve Sanders and Syndric Steptoe would have an opinion. And I’m sure you all do too…