Donte' Stallworth: Should the Cincinnati Bengals Consider Signing Him?

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Donte Stallworth #18 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the NFL game against the Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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For the Cincinnati Bengals, it's no secret their main goal during the 2010 offseason is to figure out a way to improve their passing game—which finished 26th out of 32 teams in 2009.

The Bengals have a number of options to choose from to help Carson Palmer next season. They could use the draft in April to select a wide receiver or tight end. Of course, they could also do the same in free agency.

Lately, one of the hottest topics swirling around the city of Cincinnati is whether or not Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens could play alongside Chad Ochocinco">Terrell Owens could play alongside Chad Ochocinco next season. Despite all of the discussion, the chances of these two playing side-by-side next season are low.

This year's draft class is filled with loads of talent that could help the Bengals in their passing game. Dez Bryant, Golden Tate, and Jermaine Gresham are all players Cincinnati would love to have fall into their hands come draft day.

As great as this may be, there's another player on the free-agent market that Cincinnati may want to consider signing: former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.

Before any readers jump to conclusions, a few things need to be made clear.

Yes, what Stallworth did was unacceptable and in a way, unforgiving. He took the life of an innocent man, which will draw mixed emotions from fans just like Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did, no matter what team he may end up playing for.

That being said, there's a good chance Stallworth is going to receive an opportunity from at least one team this offseason to see if he's still capable of having an impact at wide receiver. He may have a history of hamstring injuries, but Stallworth has proven to be capable of being one of the most dangerous and fastest guys on the field when healthy throughout his career. 

So, should the Bengals take a risk by signing Stallworth—even with his troubled past?

If any team is capable of taking a player once troubled with the law and turning them into a threat, it's the Cincinnati Bengals.

Does Cedric Benson ring a bell?

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