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Horn Thinks Giants Were Never Really Interested in Him


Veteran receiver Joe Horn, who worked out for the Giants on Wednesday but didn’t sign a contract, has an opinion about the team’s interest in him.

And, as usual, Horn wasn’t bashful about sharing it.

Horn said on Sporting News Radio’s The Monty Show that he thinks the Giants flirted with him in order to motivate the other receivers on the roster.

“I was told to pack my clothes because I may be staying,” Horn said. “I had a great workout, I thought, I ran crisp routes and didn’t drop any balls and I did what I was asked to do. It seemed like the coaches liked it, however, before I could step in the locker room I had an itinerary with my flight back to Atlanta.

“The opportunity was there, I appreciate the organization and Coach Coughlin for giving me the opportunity, but honestly I kind of felt like I was brought into give those young guys a spark to say, ‘Hey I know you’ve got a job but you can be replaced.’ So I think it kind of boosted and gave those young guys a spark to let them know that Joe Horn was there and their playing time could be taken if they don’t get their act together. . . .

“I can still play, I felt good running the routes, but it was kind of shocking to me why . . . I was asking my agent why would I come in on a Wednesday and be getting prepared to play on a Sunday Night against the Panthers? For the first 10 weeks I didn’t foresee that happening. But I took the trip, got on a plane, bumpy flight and all, I hate flying but I did it because of the opportunity and like I said my reason was to play for a Super Bowl contender and the Giants called.”

Horn was released by the Falcons prior to the season, but he also had a guaranteed base salary from the team in the amount of $2.5 million. He has received little or no interest since being cut.

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