Donte Stallworth has been a letdown for the Cleveland Browns on and off the field. In early March of 2008, the Browns signed the former New England wide receiver hoping that he would pose threat to the opposing defense working together with Braylon Edwards. To be up front about it, 17 receptions in 11 games with 1 touchdown – well, I wouldn’t call that a “threat.”
Not all blame can go toward Stallworth for his statistical letdown because nobody performed up to expectations last year. So, you let it go and hope for next season; right? No, because then comes to off-the-field activity. As you all know, Stallworth was involved in a DUI incident that turned fatal for another man. It seemed he was facing years in prison due to the seriousness of the crime, so Cleveland prepared themselves all offseason to replace Stallworth. Some notable transactions at the WR spot include:
David Patten Free Agency
Mike Furrey Free Agency
Brian Robiskie 2nd round pick
Mohamed Massaquoi 2nd round pick
To say the least, the Browns invested a lot of time and money in preparation to replace Stallworth and build onto their group of receivers. When he only received 30 days in jail, that brought up the question in a lot of minds, “should the Browns keep or discard Stallworth?” Here is where the organization will have to look into all the factors.
First off, they’re already 5 plus deep at the receiver spot without Stallworth. Secondly, the NFL is going to lay down a suspension on him of probably 8 or more games. Then, you must consider what you’re saying as an organization by letting him back onto the playing field after such a terrible crime.
The decision should be obvious for the Browns after considering all the factors; let Stallworth go. He’s human and he’s going to make mistakes, but the line has been crossed. I’m not saying I don’t want the guy to do what he loves and finish out his career, I’d just rather not see it done in brown and orange.