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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Horn also interested in Cowboys, Giants


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

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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.