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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; From ESPN Insider: Grade 65 Expert's Take Horn is an experienced starting receiver who played in only 10 games in 2006 due to a major groin injury. He has been a highly productive player throughout his career and has been ...

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Old 03-06-2007, 11:14 AM   #1
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Horn's ESPN Rating

From ESPN Insider:

Grade 65
Expert's Take Horn is an experienced starting receiver who played in only 10 games in 2006 due to a major groin injury. He has been a highly productive player throughout his career and has been a Pro Bowl player. He is a versatile receiver who aligns both on the inside and out in the Saints' sub multiple packages. He is still a good athlete with good speed, quickness and control. He is a competitive player with toughness. In the passing game, his production has slowly diminished over the last few seasons. He has the short area quickness and play strength to release off the line of scrimmage with good acceleration to close the cushion versus off corners. He is a natural route runner with good body control at the top of stems. He has good natural set-up and route savvy when finding open areas in zone coverage. He has natural catching skills and can make tough downfield adjustments in a crowd. He is willing to go over the middle and make tough catches in a crowd. He has good awareness and acceleration after the catch to be a threat with the ball in his hands after the catch. He is a willing blocker and will show decent effort in the run game. Overall, Horn is still a solid No. 2 receiver for some NFL teams but is starting to show declining skills and production and has some durability concerns. However, he is still a valuable roster player who can be productive in the right NFL system as a stopgap starter for 2007.

60-69: Average Starter
A valuable roster player but not a dominant player against the better players he faces on a weekly basis. ... Gives great effort and teams are glad to have him, but he may or may not go to the next level.
http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/fa?playerId=1042


Based on this assessment, which is probably an average assessment of Joe's status, Joe's on his last legs in the NFL. You don't see guys with this kind of rating at WR making top 32 money, much less the kind of money he might think. However, he's the 5th highest rated WR in FA this year according to this site's raters, so he might get more than what the Saints may have been willing to give. My bet is there's no upfront money in his contract due to his recent fragileness.

I'm sorry you're not with the Saints, Joe, but at some point, reality and time catches up with you. Neither has much respect for the past.

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