New England Patriots Reportedly Sign WR Donte' Stallworth
Former New England Patriots WR Donte Stallworth looks as though he'll be making his second official stint with the team. According to a Monday report by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio that cited a source close to the situation, Stallworth will sign with the Pats:
Per league source Donte Stallworth will sign with the Patriots.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) December 3, 2012
After being cut on August 27 (h/t NFL.com), Stallworth was out of work. Now it appears he will enjoy catching passes from future Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady once again. The much-maligned No. 13 overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft has endured a turbulent career.
Stallworth's life as he knew it—much less his days on the football field—was in jeopardy after a DUI manslaughter case in which he negotiated a plea deal back in 2009. Despite killing the man he inadvertently hit, Stallworth has resumed his career after being released by the Cleveland Browns.
Brief stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and now the Patriots have characterized his past three years as a pro. For his career, Stallworth has 320 catches for 4,774 yards and 34 touchdowns.
The Patriots likely made the move to re-sign Stallworth due to a foot injury to WR Julian Edelman during Sunday's 23-16 AFC East victory over the Miami Dolphins (h/t ESPN). Although the Pats league-leading offense is already prolific as usual, ti doesn't hurt to have someone who understands the system.
In 2007, Stallworth was part of the undefeated Pats team that lost in Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants, and caught 46 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns that year.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is now holding the same position after leaving for several years, which further fortifies New England's logic of bringing Stallworth in once again.
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