NFC East: Joe Horn
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Since many of you were kind enough to drop me a note during the week, I've sworn off the holiday in an effort to shed light on some important Beast-related items. Let's get right to it:
Mav in Philly starts us off with a question about the Eagles' cap situation: What do you see the Eagles doing with their cap space? Do they take a wait-and-see approach to see how far they can get in the playoffs and then use the space to plug missing holes for 2010? Or do they spend that money now? Sheldon Brown seems to have hit his value ceiling to me. Could we package him and Reggie Brown along with a draft pick for anything at this point? I just know if the Eagles don't win (or at least make it to) the Super Bowl this year, the fan base will go berserk that they didn't do enough.
Mosley: I think the Eagles would consider adding another defensive end if the right guy becomes available. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Andy Reid tried to sign Greg Ellis if he's released by the Cowboys. He's scheduled to make $4.15 million this season, but there's no way he sees that money. It's far more likely that a team such as the Patriots, Bengals, Eagles, Panthers or Redskins sign him for somewhere in the $2 million range. Ellis could start at defensive end for several teams in the league, but his time as a starter at outside linebacker in Dallas has come to an end. I don't think there's a tremendous amount of interest in Sheldon Brown. The Eagles will wait and see if anyone has an injury in training camp. They'd be thrilled to get a third-round pick for Brown, but that's unlikely. There's no market for Reggie Brown. He may not make the team coming out of training camp. Hank Baskett, Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis should all claim roster spots. Brown could be the odd man out.
Tee in Iraq is addicted to the Beast: If the Redskins are so desperate for D-line help and want [Brian] Orakpo at linebacker, why don't they try to get on Simeon Rice? What's going on with Joe Horn and is he still trying to play? Any word on Marvin Harrison?
Mosley: I don't think Simeon Rice is on the Redskins' radar. He wants to play for the Bucs, but it's hard to imagine him making a significant impact anywhere. I think the Redskins believe the rotation of Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn on one side and Andre Carter on the other is enough to be successful. Hopefully they'll realize that Orakpo doesn't belong at SAM linebacker. That's only the 37th time I've mentioned that in the past three weeks. Joe Horn doesn't have anything left and Marvin Harrison's pretty much in the same boat. Harrison will be a Hall of Famer.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
In case you missed it, the Atlanta Falcons honored veteran wide receiver Joe Horn's request to be released earlier Tuesday. The club had hoped to receive compensation for Horn, but there wasn't much interest in a 36-year-old coming off a 27-catch season.
Horn appeared on "The Michael Irvin Show" on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio soon after being released and acknowledged that he was interested in playing for the Packers, Giants or Cowboys. Horn's agent told AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky that the receiver was also interested in the Titans and Jaguars.
"It's all conjecture now," Horn's agent Ralph Vitolo told Kuharsky.
Yeah, and it sounds like Horn's responsible for most of it. The Giants are banged up at receiver, but they're expecting Plaxico Burress, Amani Toomer and Steve Smith to be ready for the season-opener Sept. 4. And plus, Domenik Hixon had three touchdowns in the first quarter of Monday's 37-34 preseason win over the Browns.
The Cowboys will probably be without third-receiver candidate Miles Austin (knee) for at least the first three or four games, so it would make sense to bring in a veteran. Horn better hope that teams aren't calling Saints head coach Sean Payton for a letter of recommendation. Horn was highly critical of Payton on his way out of New Orleans, and then Payton fired back after a "Monday Night Football" game in December.
When Horn was asked why his numbers tailed off so dramatically after the 2004 season, he blamed it on offensive coordinators and coaching changes.
Irvin spent most of his show Tuesday trying to identify a wide receiver for the Cowboys. He also talked to Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin for 40 minutes, but despite Jerry Jones' best efforts, there's no way Arizona's going to trade Boldin before the season.