Ravens Sign Stallworth
Well, it's official: It was reported today that the Baltimore Ravens have signed Donte Stallworth to a one-year deal worth $900,000 with an extra $100,000 incentive package.
It's only been a week since Stallworth was released from the Cleveland Browns after his reinstatement but Baltimore may be the best place for him to land. It was reported earlier that the receiver was working out with Detroit but Baltimore is ready to win now and, with four of the Ravens' top wide outs facing free agency, it's likely Stallworth will be a starter in 2011.
Stallworth returned to the league Feb. 7 after serving a year-long suspension following an incident in which he killed a 59-year-old pedestrian in Florida while driving drunk. Since his return, Stallworth has shown nothing but humility and a willingness to return to form.
"I have a lot of people I am thankful for, and that now includes the Ravens. I can't let any of those people down, including my family, Commissioner Goodell and the Ravens."
Clausen Won't Throw At the Combine
In an interview with Sirius NFL Radio today, former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen stated that he would not be able to perform physically at the combine next week due to an injured toe that's remained from a surgery to repair tendon damage.
Clausen emerged from the Senior Bowl without affecting much change in the perspective of those considering him as a legitimate prospect. Since the end of the '09 season, he's been largely considered the best quarterback entering the draft, followed closely by Sam Bradford.
Not being able to throw at the combine in Indianapolis next week may be the biggest roadblock Clausen has had to face since his final less-than-stellar year as an Irishman. Clausen remains upbeat about the situation, despite the potential repercussions.
"I'm really excited to go down to Indianapolis next week so teams can get to know me as a person," Clausen stated, according to NFL.com. "And I think after they get to know me as a person, they'll see the truth from what the perception is out there about me."
Chargers Dealing Cromartie
In wake of LaDainian Tomlinson's all-but-over career in San Diego and the possibility of losing Darren Sproles to free agency, the Chargers are shopping Antonio Cromartie in hopes of acquiring a new franchise running back.
The Chargers also have Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason, but Cromartie is no novice. He's been a solid four-year starter for San Diego and he went to the Pro Bowl in 2007.
There are several potential endings to this saga. The Chargers are ready to take the next step and have nearly all the pieces set in place. Dallas has depth at running back and could afford to lose either one.
Carolina is another possibility. They have two backs that work well together but could support the run game on their own. Green Bay has also been reported to seek out depth at the corner position.
Giants Looking to Upgrade Defense
Despite talks of shipping off Osi Umenyiora, the Giants are most likely going to retain the defensive end in hopes of keeping the defense competitive. However, with Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka on the roster, it's very possible the New York front office will utilize Umenyiora as a trade chip for Karlos Dansby of the Arizona Cardinals.
After releasing Antonio Pierce, the Giants have found themselves in need of a leader in the middle. It's possible that the Cardinals will franchise Dansby, but at a pay rate of $1 million per game, that's pretty unlikely.
On an interview with Sirius NFL Radio, Dansby expressed that his "wish list" of potential teams consisted of the Chargers, Dolphins, Redskins, and Giants.
Dansby has excelled at the inside linebacker position in Arizona's 3-4 defense so a spot on New York's roster would be a perfect fit. He isn't the speediest linebacker in the league, but he has decent coverage skills and is a stellar tackler.