2012 Free Agency: Patriots Sign Donte Stallworth

Donte Stallworth is returning to the Patriots

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Who says you can’t go home again? Well, that’s not the case with Donte Stallworth, as the Patriots agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins WR who was a key cog in the record breaking 2007 Patriots offense.

The Patriots continued with their low risk, big reward signings by signing Donte Stallworth. Stallworth joins Brandon Lloyd and Anthony Gonzalez as WRs who have been added to the Patriots roster this off-season.

Unlike the Lloyd signing, there is no guarantee that Stallworth will make the roster. However, it does add depth and a player who is familiar with the Patriots playbook and seemed to have a good rapport with QB Tom Brady during his one season in New England.

Last year, Stallworth played with the Washington Redskins catching 22 balls for 309 yards and 2 TDs. Stallworth has not enjoyed much success since he left New England due to a number of factors. One being injuries and another being legal trouble. Stallworth had his best game of the 2011 season against the Patriots when he caught 4 balls for 96 yards and probably put him back on Coach Bill Belichick’s radar.

Stallworth who tweeted this afternoon “this time around everything will be different…” is said to be smiling ear to ear about returning to New England. He will provide the Patriots with another outside WR. You now have to wonder what the signing means for Deion Branch, as Stallworth is likely to fill a similar need.

I think Branch is still brought back on a one year deal and I still believe the Patriots draft a “bigger” WR. The strategy this offseason seems to be to create competition among veterans and let the best players play.

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18 Responses to “2012 Free Agency: Patriots Sign Donte Stallworth”

  1. Jeff says:

    People were down on Stallworth about getting beat out by Gaffney as the #3 in 2007, but he had a very solid year actually, and if he duplicated what he did before as the 3rd or 4th WR…I’d be more than happy.

  2. Lundahl says:

    Another deep threat !

  3. TD says:

    Not sure why people are high on a bunch of college WR’s that reside in offenses totally unlike what Pat’s run? The guys that could probably make a difference are going in top 15-20: Blackmon, Floyd & Wright. The rest are crap shoots: tall, big, strong, quick, fast, etc but still unproven, inconsistant and probably need work much like Taylor Price and Tate in past

    • AM says:

      I would put Sanu in the difference-maker category, and he will be available in Round 2. Not a burner by any means, but could be a taller, stronger Deion Branch.

      • Jeff says:

        I wouldn’t touch Sanu until the 63rd pick…anywhere before that is too high for him, although I wouldn’t mind him as a “possesion” type WR…but those you don’t take until LATE 2nd round.

        • Ken W says:

          Well said Jeff, the Pats already have the best “possession” wr in the league and two great TE’s so they don’t need someone like Sanu. They need an outside threat.

          Sure it would be great to get Blackmon, Floyd, or Wright but it isn’t going to happen. First off they won’t make it to where the pats are picking and second pats don’t draft WR’s in the first round. The highest they have used in the BB era was a 2nd rounder on Chad Jackson, and we all know how that worked out.

          I think the 3 best options in the draft would be
          1. Joe Adams in the 2nd
          2. Marvin Jones late 2nd early 3rd
          3. Marvin McNutt late 2nd early 3rd

  4. Dan says:

    Just like Gallery and Gonzalez…he’ll be brought in to compete…have to make the team. Nothing to go nuts over here, but I do like that they are loading up on the competition, and he obviously knows the system.

    The big signings are Lloyd, Fenene (love this guy), Fells (great addition)…Gregory will have to show that he belongs but his contact seems to indicate he’s on the team, and I trust in BB…not a lot out there for a FS.

  5. Bill says:

    Brian Quick at #63 would be great. All these receivers make you wonder if BB won’t grab a RB like the guy from Boise State at# 48

  6. j ball says:

    what big WR do u guys have in mind?

    • Ken W says:

      For where you can get these 2, 2nd or 3rd round, best value.

      1. Marvin Jones
      2. Marvin McNutt

      But other “big” WR that I wouldn’t mind

      3. Alshon Jeffery
      4. Reuben Randle

      Rounding out the list are 2 big guys that Im not 100% sold on but have potential

      5. Brian Quick
      6. Stephen Hill

  7. Ryan says:

    There will be plenty of weapons, and it will be tough to make the roster at WR. I like it that they finally have some options. Lets hope they all stay healthy and can make the team. I have a feeling, we are missing a RB, bringing the Law firm back would be awesome. Or drafting a RB in the second round would be awesome. Not only that we really only need an OC now to have one heck of an OL. Lets hope, they find a great OC and do some serious drafting on the defensive side. Although, it would be a shame to not draft a WR in such a great WR draft.

  8. AM says:

    Good move to create not just competition, but depth. I like Tiquan Underwood, but he is really a practice squad player at this point in his development, not a third or even a fourth option.

    Mohammed Sanu would be the perfect complement to this group.

    • Dee says:

      No, Sanu is too Slow. Belichick covets Stephen Hill man and it looks like we may burn a first on him to lock him up. Andre BRanch and Stephen Hill round one. Dont’a Hightower is falling but may not be there so I am looking at Vinnie Curry form Marshall and CHandler Jones from SU. Then Rico Wallace WR from Shenendoah and maybe if they are smart trade Hoyer for another 3rd and get that CB from Vanderbilt everyone is talking about. Then draft the position plaers after. Sanu is too slow and he hasn’t really given me that warm feeling. Hill is 6’5″ and runs 4.36 that is laser beam fast and Brady would have a field day with him

      • Jeff says:

        Thank god you are not drafting cuz if we took Branch in the 1st (when he is rated as a late 2nd rounder or even 3rd rounder) and Stephen Hill in the 1st round, not only would the Pats not make the SB, they’d be staring at losing the division.

  9. Phil says:

    i love their approach to the offseason. let’s get some safety’s and more defensive linemen/line backers.

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