Are We Collecting Thirty-Somethings?

Oh boy.  First this.  Now this.

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…

Could Horn, Browns be a match? [ESPN]

  • TampaBrett

    I just read this too on ESPN AFC North Blog. Wow. I mean say we did sign him, what’s next when Jurvecius comes back in late October? I’m sure Horn or Jurvecius doesn’t want to sit the bench.

  • TampaBrett

    Let’s just sign Horn, Law, and Manning to one year contracts and call it a day(season)!

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    Can Julio Franco play football?

  • Mike

    I think we might be able to lure Clay Matthews out of retirement.

  • patrick eaton

    BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com FilteringCraig

    Either you trust in Savage or you don’t. If Savage thinks we need this guy and brings him in, I give him the benefit of the doubt. He knows more about Joey J’s injury than anyone else.

  • Bobby

    Spend the money on a DB

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Mike

    How awsome would it be if we sign Horn and he brings back the “cell phone” end zone celebration in the midst of his 18 catch and 1 TD season…it would be classic.

  • Pat18970

    Dennis Northcutt may be available soon to drop a few passes.

    Pregnant woman says Jags WR arranged assault
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pregnant woman has sued Jacksonville
    Jaguars receiver Dennis Northcutt, saying he arranged for his
    cousin to beat her up.
    Sharri Henry, who claims to be four months pregnant with
    Northcutt’s baby, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles
    Superior Court.
    She accuses Northcutt, a nine-year NFL veteran, of trying to
    harm her unborn child and permanently disfigure her face May 17 at
    a Hollywood restaurant.
    The cousin is not named in the lawsuit that seeks compensatory
    and punitive damages.
    Jason Lee, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department,
    would not say whether a police report was filed on the alleged
    assault.
    Messages left with Henry’s attorney, Loyst Fletcher, and
    Northcutt’s agent, Walter Jerome Stanley, were not immediately
    returned Wednesday.

  • TampaBrett

    haha..that’s awesome about Northcutt. Seriously WTF!?!?!

  • Matt in Lyndhurst

    That Northcutt story was originally posted by TMZ. Consider the source, but there are a lot of unanswered questions. While you just never know these days, I don’t even think a police report has been filed for this accusation. This may be another case of an ex-girlfriend trying to smear a public figure. With all his time in Cleveland, I just can’t see Northcutt being involved with such accusations. I would reserve judgment until more comes out on this story….

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Scott

    Oh no you didn’t just mention TMZ! Where’s Rick!? Rick!!!

  • Cpl_yuk

    Bring In Horn. Why not. If he is coming on the cheap… I mean he is unemployed, he cant hurt.

  • B-bo

    If we are dusting off old relics, I demand Brian Brennan be immediately signed to an incentive-laden 1-year deal. I actually like his chances of contributing better than Horn’s at this point.

  • DP

    What about Michael Jackson-Dyson-Jackson-Jackson-Dyson? He had a couple of good games once back in the early 90’s, right?

    I agree with whomever mentioned the cell phone bit. He HAS HAS HAS to bring that with him. He might need to switch to Alltell to get service up by the lake, and someone should make sure he knows that he’ll need a phone that can survive the cold, but I think we could make this happen.

  • kiddicus maximus

    crap, i had Winslow in the “first NFL player arrested” pool – thanks for dropping the ball (again) Dennis. Jerk.

    Pretty sure I said the same thing about a 34 year old DB yesterday, but seriously? A 36 year old WR? Will he use his cane to fend off the opposing DBs or just tell them crappy stories about when he was a kid and how the field was uphill both ways, covered in 2 feet of snow and he only had one cleat?

    $9MM under the cap. lets spend it wisely, no?

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ Rick

    I throw my support to Brian Brennan over Horn as well…

    On the Northcutt issue- I was tipped to the TMZ report on Tuesday, but decided to wait and see before publishing anything. I’m glad I did. There doesn’t seem to be much evidence of anything here, more like he said she said.

  • bobby

    why not talk to horn, along with manning jr and then we can cut the crap we call a 3rd wr now, and joe j can retire without feeling he let the browns down.