Ravens Sign Stallworth: Mistake?

James KeenContributor IIFebruary 17, 2010

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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The Baltimore Ravens' top four wide receivers from 2009 are not under contract for 2010. They are in desperate need for some offensive playmakers, especially now that they can be more balanced with Joe Flacco behind center.

Baltimore just recently signed Donte' Stallworth to a one year deal for $900,000 and $300,000 in possible incentives. I understand that they need to fill some slots at the wide receiver position but I'm thinking that this will be a huge mistake.

I believe in second chance's so this isn't a knock against Stallworths off the field incident. This is a knock against his ability to stay on the field. In his seven year career he's on played three full seasons. In one of those seasons he played for New England where he rarely saw the field anyway.

Stallworth is a speedy receiver with decent hands but not an every down receiver. He is especially not a number one receiver either. Baltimore had time to look around before they ran out and snatched up Stallworth in a sign of desperation. Stallworths best season came in 2005 when he caught 70 balls for 945 yards and 7 touchdowns for New Orleans.