Since arriving in Baltimore this season, in an attempt to resurrect his career, Donte Stallworth hasn't had much of an impact. It's obvious that the talent is still there, but he just simply hasn't earned the opportunity yet. He is playing behind some very talented receivers in T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin, so Stallworth sees minimal touches.
After he was suspended for serving 24 days of a 30-day prison sentence, for striking and killing a Miami construction worker with his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, Stallworth signed a $900,000 deal with the Baltimore Ravens for the 2010 season, after being released by he Cleveland Browns when he was reinstated by the NFL following a one-year suspension in February of 2010.
Throughout the regular season, Stallworth only recorded two receptions for 82 yards and made five rushing attempts for 45 yards in eight games played. The eight-year receiver out of Tennessee saw some brief time in Baltimore's wild card playoff matchup, against the Kansas City Chefs, but only made one rushing attempt for one yard.
After a fairly unproductive season with the Ravens, it is likely that Stallworth will have a new home for the 2011 NFL season, unless he is to come up big in the playoffs. Some teams that could use his skills next year are the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders, Saint Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers.
Stallworth hasn't had an outstanding career, but has proven to be a solid player scoring at least five touchdowns in four of his seven previous seasons. Organizations such as the Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers could use Stallworth just for the sake of fulfilling a need at receiver so they could aim to improve other weaknesses in the 2011 NFL Draft.
If the Ravens are to lose other receivers this offseason, than they could decide to bring Stallworth back if they feel comfortable giving him increased playing time. Stallworth definitely has more productive football in his body, but needs the opportunity to prove that.
The decision will be in his hands this offseason. Hopefully he goes to a team where he has the chance exhibit the talent he still possesses so he can be another one of those fascinating "turn-around" stories like that of Michael Vick.
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