Parting with Horn inevitable as Falcons go with youth

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

There have been rumblings for about a month, but now it's official: Joe Horn no longer is with the Atlanta Falcons.

The veteran receiver was released Tuesday in a move that surprises no one and probably should have come before training camp. The Falcons held onto Horn this long because they were worried about the possibility of having injuries to their other receivers and there was also some hope another team might approach them about a trade for Horn.

Neither scenario played out and the performance of the other receivers in camp only made Horn more expendable. The Falcons are set with Roddy White, Laurent Robinson and Michael Jenkins as their top three receivers. Third-round pick Harry Douglas is going to stick. There's probably only one other roster spot available and that will come down to veteran Brian Finneran and Adam Jennings, who is a return man.

Horn still can contribute and will end up somewhere in the league. Gee, a 36-year-old player with a big name ... think Tampa Bay might be interested?

But Horn didn't fit in Atlanta's rebuilding process. He knew it and he previously asked to be set free. The Falcons agreed and, now, they've got to hope there are a bunch of team's interested in Horn. The Falcons owe Horn $2.5 million in guaranteed money, but, if he signs elsewhere, they would be off the hook for whatever salary he earns.