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.