WR Joe Horn, who staged a public holdout during the Saints' first voluntary minicamp, has apparently ended his holdout. NewOrleansSaints.com reports that Horn had conversations with new General Manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Jim Haslett this week and decided to rejoin the team in an official sense.
The team and Horn have not reached an agreement on a new contract.
Sources close to Horn indicate that his holdout so far has been a move to make a statement, and that Horn never had any intentions of missing a mandatory practice, much less training camp which starts in July. Horn's agent is preparing for a 2003 offseason which could see Horn sign a massive contract extension to match Horn's Pro Bowl performance.
Horn was a 5th round pick of the Chiefs in 1996 after spending some time in the Canadian Football League. His base salary in 2002 is $1.7 million, and his contract runs through 2004 with base salaries of $2.7 million in 2003 and $2.9 million in the final season.
Horn has been at the Saints' facility this offseason rehabbing minor injuries, such as the surgery he had on his shoulder following the season. The eighth year pro, signed in the 2000 offseason away from Kansas City, is slated to start opposite of Jerome Pathon this season. Top draft pick rookie Donte Stallworth is currently 3rd on the depth chart.