Free agent WR Donte’ Stallworth set to try out for Redskins at minicamp
The free agent wide receiver previously played for the Redskins in 2011, after signing to a one-year contract that offseason. He appeared in 11 games, catching 22 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns before being released at the end of the 2011 season. Stallworth last played for the New England Patriots in 2012, when he re-signed to the team last December to fill a void on the receiving corps following Julian Edelman’s injury. The 32-year-old Stallworth appeared in only one game for the Patriots, catching a 63-yard touchdown pass in their Week 14 win over the Houston Texans before suffering an ankle injury. Stallworth landed on the Patriots’ injured reserve and did not return to the team’s active roster again in the 2012 season.
Although the Patriots reportedly contemplated re-signing Stallworth this offseason but it was the Redskins who seemed more interest in his services. News of the scheduled try out were first reported on Thursday evening, but details weren’t confirmed until the following morning, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
Stallworth was medically cleared to participate in football related activities only last month, considerably recovering from the injuries he suffered during the hot air balloon accident. Back in May, he and his girlfriend were riding over south Miami-Dade County when the hot air balloon collided into power lines. While Stallworth and his girlfriend escaped with their lives, both suffered burns from the electric shock.
The Redskins currently have 10 wide receivers on their roster, but the depth chart at the position starts to get a little shaky after Pierre Garçon, Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss. Other wide receivers on the roster include 2012 contributors Aldrick Robonson and seldom-used Dez Briscoe. The Redskins also added undrafted free agents Skye Dawson, Lance Lewis, Chip Reeves and Nick Williams to the unit this offseason.
Although Stallworth has been unreliable and injury-prone in the past, not having played a full single regular season since 2007, he has the upside of being familiar with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s offensive schemes from his previous stint with the team. Moreover, Stallworth could be acquired at a bargain price since he did not draw much interest on the open market this offseason.
Stallworth should warrant a look from the Redskins, even if he’s considered a depth signing compared to a move to significantly bolster the team’s offense this offseason. He has a combined 321 career receptions, 4,837 receiving yards and 35 touchdown catches during stints with the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins in his career.