Donte’ Stallworth is officially available

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Yesterday, Donte’ Stallworth became the latest entry into the 2008 free agent WR market. The Patriots declined to pick up a combined $8 million option that was due to Stallworth if he remained on the roster through the end of next week.
Adding playmakers is high on the Titans’ agenda as they embark upon free agency. Despite nagging hamstring injuries, Stallworth is one of the league’s better playmakers at the wide receiver position.
He would be a nice addition to a Titan receiving group that is in need of an infusion of talent. 

Donte’ would provide the Titans with the presence of a burner at the wide receiver position. His blazing speed allows him to beat opposing cornerbacks on a consistent basis and also makes him a threat to turn a short pass into a long gainer. Adding Stallworth would give the Titans a much needed home run threat at wide receiver.
Despite lofty expectations, Stallworth was never able to consistently display his potential in New England’s offensive juggernaut last season. He was often relegated as the team’s third or even fourth option in a passing offense featuring two 1,000 yard receivers in Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
If Tennessee decides to bring him into the fold, he would immediately become the team’s number one option at wide receiver. The Titans have players such as Roydell Williams, Justin Gage (if he is re-signed) and Brandon Jones who are capable of being #2 or #3 options at best. Stallworth would give the Titans the #1 WR that this team so desperately needs.
Stallworth’s performance during his lone season with the Eagles is a good indicator of the type of explosiveness he can bring to a team in need of playmakers. In 2006, Donte’ essentially replaced Terrell Owens as the Eagles #1 receiving threat, averaging over 19 yards per catch and while scoring five touchdowns.
His presence immediately upgraded an average group of Eagle receivers that consisted of Reggie Brown, Greg Lewis, Hank Baskett and Jason Avant. Stallworth could provide a similar lift to a Titans’ receiving unit that is in dire need of a difference-maker.
The thought of signing Stallworth is an avenue that the Titans explored last offseason. Instead of taking Tennessee’s offer, Stallworth decided to latch on with the Patriots. In hindsight, considering his lack of playmaking opportunities in New England’s highly potent offense, Stallworth should have come to Tennessee where he would have instantly become the team’s #1 option.
As a result of the Patriots’ decision to allow him to venture into the waters of free agency, Stallworth could have another opportunity to join the Titans. Here’s hoping Donte’ makes the right decision the second time around.

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10 Responses to “Donte’ Stallworth is officially available”

  1. wacko jacko in remington Says:

    I know at least 2 other teams want to sign Donte—the Eagles and the Ravens. If Titans want him, they better move fast and decisively.

  2. Dan Says:

    Pick Donte up now Mike!!!!!!

  3. Seth Leonard Says:

    What about Randy Moss? Haven’t the Pats neglected to slap the tag on him?

  4. Drexel Perry Says:

    Moss is a free agent as well.
    However, convincing Moss to leave NE is going to be an extremely expensive endeavor.
    Stallworth is probably a more realistic target and the fact that the Titans were this close to signing him last year indicates the team’s possible interest in Donte.

  5. Jason210 Says:

    Donte does not practice and does not work out during the off season. this is why the saints let him go, most likly why the eagles let him go, and why he had little to no impact at the patriots. hes gifted naturally nut doesn;t have the drive to be a number one. the titans should look past him.

  6. George Says:

    I’m not a writer and I’m not an English major. But, if you’re gonna be a writer, you can’t write/say “… Stallworth should have CAME to Tennessee …”. You gotta get the grammar correct, or it just “don’t read right”.

  7. Drexel Perry Says:

    Well, things slip through the editing process every now and then, so thanks for pointing that out.
    Jason,
    Thanks for the comment. I like the prospect of bring Stallworth to Tennessee because of his ability on the field. He has had some issues with his hammy and consistency throughout his career but he has been a difference-maker when healthy.
    As for his time in New England, it is hard to stand out when your playing alongside Randy Moss and Brady’s new favorite target, Wes Welker. Stallworth didn’t get the chance to be much of a factor as a result of their presence.
    Thanks for the comments guys.

  8. Campbell Says:

    George
    It is negative people like you that try to cut others down and make them look bad. If all you can find wrong is one word in an entire article, it shows that he is doing a dang good job. If yuo really cared about helping him become a better writer you could have sent him an email and address that. That was really PUNKISH of you, if that’s a word.
    You should subscribe to the motto: “if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.”
    Drexel
    Stallworth will be a really good pick up for us. Young needs guys he can throw the ball to. Why not someone who was nicknamed in college “Hands” because of his playmaking abilities. Despite his inconsistencies and practice habits, I believe he can make a difference here.

  9. Drexel Perry Says:

    Campbell,
    I agree with your comments regarding Stallworth. He has been a playmaker his entire career. He would add the dimension of speed to the Titans.
    Thanks for the comment, it is appreciated.

  10. Dennis SNyder Says:

    He belongs back on the Eagles! Now we only need McNabb to learn how not to throw in the dirt.

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