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Donte' Stallworth To Join The Detroit Lions?

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 7:   Donte Stallworth #18 of the Cleveland Browns points on the field during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 7, 2008 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Russell IvanacSenior Analyst IFebruary 9, 2010

It's no secret that Donte' Stallworth missed the 2009 season due to a suspension stemming from DUI manslaughter charges. What remains to be a secret however is what team will give him a chance to break back into the NFL.

We may have just gotten a hint.

It is being reported that Stallworth will be working out with the Detroit Lions.

Before we go any further I have to ask, Does Donte' fit in Detroit?

At first glance you would think that it makes sense. Detroit needs a #2 receiver badly, and Bryant Johnson isn't getting the job done, plain and simple. Donte' is statistically better than Johnson, averaging over 10 yards/game and 2 touchdowns/year more than Johnson throughout their careers. Stallworth is also the kind of deep threat that Lions desperately need to not only take pressure off of Calvin Johnson, but to also stretch the field to help their developing running attack.

Then we come to Stallworth's character concerns. Outside of the DUI manslaughter charges, Stallworth was also in the league's substance abuse program in 2007. While not a character concern, Stallworth has been plagued by hamstring injuries his entire career causing him to play all 16 games only 3 out of his 7 years in the league.

Production has also been a concern with Stallworth recently due to his performances in New England and Cleveland where he scored a total of 4 touchdowns in those two years.

What could be a redeeming quality for Stallworth however is if he can prove to the Lions that he is determined to become more like the receiver he was at the beginning of his career and that his past is behind him. Obviously whether or not he does that remains to be seen, but even if he does, the Lions shouldn't be showing him #2 receiver money until he proves on the field that he can perform at that level.

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