Saints lock up leading receiver

Associated Press
Published May 7, 2005

NEW ORLEANS - Saints receiver Joe Horn signed a six-year extension worth about $42-million, with a $7-million signing bonus, on Friday.

Horn, a nine-year veteran who had one year left on a three-year, $13-million deal, has made the Pro Bowl in four of five seasons with New Orleans. He led it last season with 94 catches for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"When I came here, the Saints gave me an opportunity to make a name for myself," Horn said. "I look forward to doing what I've done the last five years, and that's catching footballs and trying to win a Super Bowl."

QB to keep riding cycle

PITTSBURGH - Despite Kellen Winslow's accident, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't hopping off his motorcycle.

He was lectured Friday by coach Bill Cowher about riding without a helmet - as he has been spotted doing recently - but the quarterback isn't ready to get off his $20,000 bike.

Winslow crashed a motorcycle Sunday and might not play this upcoming season.

"He talked about being a risk taker, and I'm not really a risk taker. But the big thing is to just be careful," Roethlisberger said as Pittsburgh opened minicamp. "I told him ... we always ride in a group of people. And I think it makes it even more safe."

He also cited Pennsylvania's law requiring helmets was amended two years ago.

"Obviously, Pennsylvania doesn't think people need to (wear a helmet)," he said. "There's a law you've got to wear it in football."

Also, tight end Heath Miller, the 30th overall pick, took part in the first day of minicamp despite recovering from surgery to repair a hernia and said he felt fine. He was not expected until training camp began July31. And running back Jerome Bettis sat out the first of three workouts with a sore quadriceps.

EAGLES: Receiver Freddie Mitchell was released. In four seasons, the 2001 first-round pick had 90 catches for 1,263 yards and five touchdowns.

RAMS: Defensive end Leonard Little was sentenced to two years' probation for speeding last year. Prosecutors asked for 30 days of "shock time" in jail for Little, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for a 1998 drunken-driving accident that killed a woman.

SUPER BOWL: February's game and events had a $1.8-million shortfall, which the Jacksonville Host Committee asked the City Council to cover. The Council's Super Bowl Committee did not vote but seemed agreeable. The city has a $1.2-million surplus in hotel tax revenue and about $600,000 it did not use from the game's budget.

EX-BUCS QB FIGHTS CANCER: Joe Ferguson is being treated for cancer at a Houston hospital, which declined further comment at his request. Ferguson, who played for the Bucs from 1988-89, won a league-record nine games as a rookie with the Bills in 1973.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm's Matt George was named the league's kicker of the month after making 26 of 28 extra points and 10 of 12 field goals. He set team records for field goals in a game (four) and a season (16) in last week's win over New Orleans.

Also, the Storm signed fullback/linebacker Jeff Cogell from its practice squad and activated lineman DeMarcus Johnson from injured reserve. Lineman Nyle Wiren (shoulder) and fullback/linebacker Jarrod Penright (ankle) were placed on injured reserve.