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Donte’ Stallworth heads back to New England

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The Patriots have added another wide receiver.

A league source told PFT that Donte’ Stallworth, who played for New England in 2007, has agreed to a one-year deal with the team. He’s the third free agent wide receiver to sign with the Patriots in the last few days, joining Brandon Lloyd and Anthony Gonzalez.

Stallworth caught 22 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown with the Redskins in 2011. He was cut by the team in November, but quickly re-signed after Washington lost Leonard Hankerson to an injury. Stallworth had 46 catches for 697 yards and three touchdowns in his first stint with the Patriots, which ended when the team didn’t pick up an option after the first year of a five-year deal he signed with them as a free agent.

Stallworth tweeted that “This time around, things will be different” on Monday.

The signing is likely an attempt to add a deep threat to the Patriots’ corps of wide receivers. They are a bit short in that area. His arrival could also push Chad Ochocinco even further down a depth chart that he might not be on when the 2012 season gets underway.

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42 Responses to “Donte’ Stallworth heads back to New England”
  1. marima07 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:11 PM

    Terrific signing. The wide receiver competition at Training Camp is going to be awesome this year.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:12 PM

    Memo to Bostonians: Stay off the roads.

  3. cowboyhater says: Mar 19, 2012 3:13 PM

    Is it me, or does NE love to pick up ex skins. Shocked they haven’t signed Landry yet. Go get em Pats!

  4. mikebe1 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:13 PM

    Who’s gonna play special teams in new england?

  5. whatnojets says: Mar 19, 2012 3:15 PM

    Chad Ochowacko is flabbergasted!

  6. rexryanstoecheese says: Mar 19, 2012 3:16 PM

    Oh Boy!

    Now got get Johnny Stew and use all early draft picks on D-End, D-line, Cornerback and a young WR.

  7. nremi85 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:16 PM

    Trade him to the phins for a number 7 pick ….go dolphins

  8. jae121704 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:17 PM

    I don’t know how many wideouts this team is going to add, but BB knows how to make them all work. Not a HUGE pickup, but a great compliment to our already good receiving corps…

  9. eggersthejerk says: Mar 19, 2012 3:18 PM

    “Donte’ Stallworth heads back to New England”


    That’s fine as long as he isn’t driving himself there while drunk.

  10. kelvinmchale says: Mar 19, 2012 3:20 PM

    That’s right, Donte, this time will be different, because we will go 19-0!!!

  11. grandpoopah says: Mar 19, 2012 3:21 PM

    Seems like overkill. At most, they can have 5 receivers (including TE) on the field at a time. After Gronk, Hernandez, Lloyd, and Welker, there is only one spot for Gonzalez, Stallworth, Edelman, and Ochocinco (at least for now). And that’s without having a RB or FB on the field.

  12. cpstookcromartiesmanhood3 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:21 PM

    Hopefully he doesnt run over someone else on the way up there. He might have to do another whopping 30 days

  13. flash1283 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:22 PM

    Camp signing, probably wont be on the roster when the season starts.

  14. JackLeone says: Mar 19, 2012 3:22 PM

    uh oh Ocho…..

  15. thesaint257 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    New England is quietly do some good things in Free Agency

  16. homelanddefense says: Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    with all the signings at WR Im starting to get scared that they plan on trading the rights to Welker for high round picks in the draft. I really hope this isnt the case…..

  17. langm12 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    Gonna be some fierce competition during training camp this year.

  18. jbcommonsense says: Mar 19, 2012 3:26 PM

    Three deep threats? Guess who will take Brady in fantasy football next year? Yours truly.

  19. portnoychunk says: Mar 19, 2012 3:27 PM

    Like it! More competition at WR in camp…..that’s a pretty good group to pick from for your 3rd/4th WR Gonzalez, Stallworth, Ocho, Branch…we’ll see who comes out on top. Pair them up with Gronk/Hernandex/Fells, Welker, & Lloyd. Very nice!

  20. patsfiend says: Mar 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    What? Clearly they are taking the “throw anything against the wall and see what sticks” approach. Is THIS the deep threat? No way he sticks. I don’t see it.

  21. nfl1818 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    ill go first – a bit of a wtf – piece-by-piece the pats are teeing themselves up to go all-in D in the draft

  22. manofmanners says: Mar 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    He was amazing with the Pats the first time around. He add’s speed and another deep threat.

  23. AB in DC says: Mar 19, 2012 3:40 PM

    Stallworth and Ocho will both be cut before September.

  24. gorilladik81 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    Don’t let the door go through your hands on the way out Ochocinco, go wash your career up with the Raiders.

  25. rc33 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:47 PM

    Lots of competition in camp and that’s what BB loves.
    Overkill? Maybe but replacing Branch & Ocho w/ Lloyd and Stallworth is clearly an upgrade.

  26. stunzeed5 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:48 PM

    Despite his checkered past, he was an AWESOME team-mate and “fan-interactor” (not a real word?) in DC. He always said the right things and was always well-spoken and friendly.

  27. havok82 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:49 PM

    Might be another signing or two in them, but I can definitely see them going all in on defense in the first two rounds. Not all these guys will be on the opening day roster, either. Now go sign Welker to a 3-4 year deal and lower his cap number.

  28. mdorsey12 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:50 PM

    All and all the patriots are going back to the super bowl and finally get back what’s rightfully there’s perfection 19-0

  29. nfl1818 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:55 PM

    i forgot – did he return kicks ?

  30. nremi85 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:59 PM

    Miami needs to get ocho for a 7th round pick, get wallace for the 1st pick, fix what they need to inbetween and get tebow, we would be alright after that and this is a way no player can say no

  31. jimyritz says: Mar 19, 2012 4:01 PM

    Stallworth and Lloyd replace Stinko and Branch…Gonzales could get hurt putting his pads on… who knows…Little risk–1 yr deals…

  32. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:08 PM

    First…enough with the perfection talk. Put away the Pats footie pajamas. They still haven’t done anything to improve their bottom feeding defense.

    This is another solid signing….Brady has always liked Stallworth and that will be important.

    What concerns me is that they’re going to become even more pass happy than they already are. My guess is they’ll only carry maybe two RB with all these WR! Honestly though, as much as they commit to the run, two is overkill.

    I did say a couple days ago I thought 85 would be around…but my thought process might have shifted with all these WR signings.

  33. trojanwarrior007 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:19 PM

    unless he had no offers from other teams, wth would he sign with NE of all places?

  34. jimboonie says: Mar 19, 2012 4:22 PM

    He’s not even that good. When he was at his best years ago he was average. He’s always injured. Why are people getting excited about this? He will probably get cut before the season starts. Either that, or put on injured reserve.

  35. allsportsnyfan says: Mar 19, 2012 4:26 PM

    SB 42 and 46. Remember?

  36. thepragmaticcowboy says: Mar 19, 2012 4:26 PM

    But he’s not gonna be able to face Alan Ball twice a year now…

  37. hammerjacker says: Mar 19, 2012 4:29 PM

    Well in this case normally I would say “well thats it for Ocho”…but there is actually a receiver on the roster at the moment even more useless than Ocho(unbelievably enough) Gonzalez. No idea why we signed a guy who is ALWAYS hurt and average or below average when hes healthy(which is never).
    Please Cut Gonzalez and after we draft Stephen Hill or whatever WR, we can cut Ocho.

  38. dmc1542 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:29 PM

    So I can officially end all hopes of Mike Wallace coming to New England?

    (sigh of relief heard from Pittsburgh)

  39. omgitskardashian says: Mar 19, 2012 4:31 PM

    obviously this was coming. The Pats know they failed on the Ochocinco experiment and want to get rid of it while they can. He’s not what he once was, and he knows that too. This guy got outshone by T.O., who is in the IFL 2 Football League. Just go home to Miami and add to the mess down there. You will get some money for it.

  40. rajbais says: Mar 19, 2012 4:38 PM

    Why does he have a job???

    Even without the DUI manslaughter he’s not worthy of any roster spot!!!!

    Maybe he will get cut after training camp. Just because you sign a veteran in the off-season it doesn’t mean he plays during the regular season.

  41. rtk23 says: Mar 19, 2012 6:13 PM

    Letting ocho go will be a mistake.

  42. gcw440 says: Mar 19, 2012 7:47 PM

    Seriously, is there any chance we get Wallace?

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