FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) _ The Atlanta Falcons signed cornerback
and special teams player Lewis Sanders today but said they have not
yet reached an agreement with receiver Joe Horn.
Sanders (6-1, 210) set a career high with seven starts for the
Houston Texans last season. He appeared in two more games but
missed the rest of the season with a hand injury. The seven-year
veteran still set career highs with 37 tackles and six passes
defensed last season.
The Falcons have lost free agent receiver Ashley Lelie, who
signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and have talked with the
35-year-old Horn, who was released by the New Orleans Saints.
ESPN.com quoted unnamed team sources as saying the team reached
an agreement with Horn.
But Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said tonight that the deal
is not completed.
Horn missed the Saints' last four games and two playoff games
with a groin injury. He had 37 catches for 679 yards and four
Sanders is 28. He was a fourth-round pick by the Cleveland
Browns in 2000. The native of Staten Island, New York, has 19
career starts in 73 games. He has five interceptions.
Sanders could battle Jimmy Williams and Jason Webster for a
starting spot or give the Falcons the option of moving Williams to
safety. DeAngelo Hall, coming off a Pro Bowl season, is established
at the other cornerback spot.
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