Can Cowboys hear the Horn?

If Terry Glenn really wants to remain a Cowboy, he might have to hurry up.

Word is that just a couple of weeks after saying he wanted to be traded or released because he got his ego bruised when the team asked him to sign an injury settlement waiver, now he wants back in the team's good graces. If he has to sign the waiver to stick around, or buy Girl Scout cookies from Tony Romo's neighbor's daughter, he might want to do so.

There's talk circulating that another veteran receiver would be thrilled to get the chance to fill Glenn's role with the Cowboys. Atlanta wideout Joe Horne reportedly has been letting it known that if he gets cut by the Falcons, the Cowboys are the first team he'll call, and if Atlanta wants to trade him, the Cowboys are the team with which he'd like to end up.

On the surface, it doesn't sound like much — one disgruntled veteran wants to replace another — but it's not as crazy as it might sound. Horn is 36 years old, and Glenn is about to turn 35, but when healthy, each plays like players much younger. At 6-1, 208 pounds, Horn is two inches taller and 13 pounds heavier than Glenn. Like Glenn, he has been beset by injuries over the last three years, but in the five seasons prior to that, Horn averaged 87.4 catches per season, reaching a career-high 94 twice.

Horn might be a half a step slower than Glenn, but at least Horn has gotten on the field in recent years. Yes, he has missed some games in each of the last three seasons, but he missed fewer games (13) during that span than Glenn missed in 2007 alone, and that's even allowing Glenn's four plays last season to count as a game "played." Injuries are hard to predict, and nobody has a crystal ball, but recent history suggests that Horn has a better chance of playing enough to contribute significantly than Glenn does.

If suitable compensation can be agreed upon, the change of scenery would make sense for Horn and the Falcons, too. Ever since the Michael Vick saga unfolded, Atlanta has been a very weak team. Their supposed "coach of the future" quit on them to go back to college football, and their quarterback of the future got drafted in April, so Horn won't be around when that team is competitive again, anyway. Atlanta is in the business of collecting young players and draft picks as it retools for the future — a future of which Horn is not a part.

By all accounts, Horn is a showboat (remember the cell phone stuffed under the goalpost pad when he played for New Orleans?) but generally a good guy, and likely would fit in with the Cowboys, on the field and in the locker room. If acquired, he could benefit the team without catching a single pass, because his mere presence would give the Cowboys a speed threat they don't have in Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd or Miles Austin. All of those players have speed, but not the kind of speed Glenn and Horn have.

This doesn't appear to be one of those cases in which the possility of getting replaced suddenly makes a player feel better, or rehab harder — by all accounts, Glenn has done everything asked of him to repair his bum wheel. At the moment, it appears the standoff is about dollars and security, and if the Horn-to-Dallas rumor really has any legs, Glenn might have to sacrifice some of both to retain his job.

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