Ravens sign former Browns WR Donte’ Stallworth

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So I’m just finishing the previous post and this just came in. Apparently the Ravens aren’t wasting any time trying to remake the receiving position.

The Ravens took their first — and possibly biggest — step toward upgrading their passing game today when they signed veteran wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth to a one-year contract.

Stallworth missed the 2009 season under a one-year NFL suspension after he was convicted of vehicular homicide while intoxicated last spring in Miami. He was released by the Browns after serving the suspension.

This is an interesting move. It’s a classic low risk manuever that many other teams may have wanted to try with Stallworth too. Which probably explains why the Ravens moved so quickly on him.

His personal issues from last season aside, during his seven year career he has never registered a 1,000 yd season. He did however, come close in his best season as a pro in New Orleans in 2005 (70 catches, 945 yds)

On the plus side, Stallworth has often been in the role of the receiver that can stretch the field something this team desperately needs. Imagine Joe Flacco unoading that big arm to Stallworth as he gets behind the corner. He’s also shown good hands and ball security with only two career fumbles. He should be motivated after last season’s struggles.

This should all but signal the end of Demetrius Williams career in Baltimore which shouldn’t surprise many. You do have to wonder what other changes the team has in mind for the position either through the draft or possible trades.


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