It was announced today that the Ravens signed Donte Stallworth, the speedy receiver who has spent time with New Orleans, New England, Philadelphia and Cleveland. More importantly, however, Stallworth has not played for an entire season after being suspended the entire 2009 campaign. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell kept the new Raven out of the league after he was charged and convicted with DUI Manslaughter, and served about a month of jail time.
In his career, Stallworth has never exceeded 1,000 yards in a season or pulled in over 70 receptions. Being out of the league for a year, Stallworth will likely be a step slower than he was in previous seasons. This begs some questions both about his role, and about other plans the Ravens may have this offseason. Will Stallworth be the #2 to Mason? Are there more signings or trades to come? Stallworth’s contract is only worth 1 year and $900k, so in an uncapped year, the team can add more players. This situation is a win-win. Stallworth gets to play for a competitive NFL team and will get decent playing time, and the Ravens add a weapon who could be a fast, vertical threat in the passing game. We’ll see how this signing affects the rest of the offseason