Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Feb 2010

Ravens Sign Donte' Stallworth

PK notes on Twitter that the Ravens have added Donte' Stallworth to the roster.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 17 Feb 2010

33 comments, Last at 20 Feb 2010, 9:19pm by tuluse


by R. Carney (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 1:06pm

A great sign for the Ravens. This could be the last piece for them, giving their young QB someone to throw to and opening up the field for Ray Rice. Finally the Ravens have a receiver who commands a double team. If Reed doesnt retire and the Defense can fight the aging curse one more year, this is a dangerous team with Stallworth, who by season's end will be their #1 if he can stay healthy.

by jds (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 1:58pm

If it weren't for the correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, I'd swear that was a post by RavenJoe.

by Dean :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 3:15pm

Nah. Raiderjoe is smarter then that.

Stallworth isn't a bad receiver. But he never is, was, or will be a #1 WR. He can be a solid #2/3 guy for 12 games, though.

by bingo762 :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 1:29pm

that's funny

by Sophandros :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 1:35pm

If he breaks a tackle, will the announcer say... oh never mind, that's too tasteless. I'll stick to the easy "Stallworth pulled a hamstring" jokes...

Sports talk radio and sports message boards are the killing fields of intellectual discourse.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 6:13pm

I'm looking forward to the incredibly awkward silences from announcers after they say things like "Stallworth just runs him over" and "the defender ran him down from behind!"

by R. Carney (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 7:20pm

Announcers don't care about that stuff...they used the whole running over term 40 times this year with Marshawn Lynch after his incident.

by Joe T. :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 7:29pm

He's got "run from the cops" speed!

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 10:21pm

The Gus Johnson quote is "He's got getting away from the cops speed"

Any dickhead can run from the cops, its the getting away thats the tricky part.

by MurphyZero :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 3:06pm

Except that a great number of cops are easy to run from. I have seen quite a few pushing 300 pounds or more. As long you can stay away from the roads and their cars, getting away is a lot easier from the donut eaters.

by Roy (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 3:16pm

ever since the Saints drafted Marques Colston ..Stallworth has become a vagabond ...three teams and jail in 4 years is not a long term solution..I guess he replaces Mason?..how is this the final piece to the puzzle?

by Guido Merkens :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 3:43pm

Well, he had a good 12 games as the #1B in Philly (11 starts, 725 yards, 5 TD), and had 697 yards as the #3 in New England. Then he went to the Browns and cratered, but their quarterbacking was terrible. To me, the evidence suggests that when he has competent QB play and is one of the top two WRs, he can approach 1000 yards and 7 TDs. And that's a big deal in Baltimore.

by Dean :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 4:08pm

I just want to give props for remembering Guido Merkins. But where's the love for Junior Tautalatasi?

by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 5:45pm

He put up 700 yards in a New England offense that may have been the best ever, and then lost his job to a combination of Jabar Gaffney and Kelly Washington.

If he gets 1000yds and 7TDS, its because he has 150 targets.

by Nathan :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 6:17pm

Kelley Washington had like 1 catch in 2007 (did make a bunch of great special teams plays though). Stallworth lost the job to Gaffney by the end of the year (basically the Ravens game where Jabar caught the winning TD). Gaffney is a totally solid, dependable receiver and people don't give him enough credit. Maybe they will after the 250 yard game or whatever it was that he put up this year in Denver.

by Phil Osopher :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 11:47am

Ah, you forget the fact that he didn't really "play" for the Browns much as he kept getting hurt warming up in pre-game.

This guy borders on terrible and this fits exactly with the rest of the Ravens WR's (as long as D Mas retires) as they all suck giant roosters

by R. Carney (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 7:26pm

Stallworth isn't a number 1 because he's a stud, he's a number one in Baltimore by default. As much as it pains me to say because the guy should be in jail, The Ravens don't need a Steve Smith or a Reggie Wayne or a Fitzgerald. They need a guy who can keep 8 out of the box and stretch the field a little, and make you pay if you load up on the run. If you don't think Stallworth is going to break out, you'll see. Flacco will be thrilled to be throwing to someone other than the rotting corpse of D. Mason (who was a possession receiver to begin with), and Clayton (who never mastered that ball catching aspect of being a receiver). The Ravens don't need much to get over the hump, this is a leap in the right direction.

by Phil Osopher :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 11:50am

Flacco = ggood young talent

Stallworth = useless

Flacco + Stallworth = not much to write home about

Stallworth was supposed to do the same with the Browns taking heat off Braylon and opening up the middle for Jamal. None of that happened as the guy doesn't run route, can't catch that well, is a drunk, doesn't work hard, gets injured in warm ups and misses 5 games

In fact I bet he will miss the 5 games at min with some useless hamstring pull cuz he is too hungover to play football.

Las Vegas here I come

by R. Carney (not verified) :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 12:40pm

"Stallworth was supposed to do the same with the Browns"

Too bad he had Helen Keller and Franklin Delanor Roosevelt throwing him the football.

by Anonymous7ghy (not verified) :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 4:25pm

That gave me a chuckle

by Anonymous7ghy (not verified) :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 4:26pm

Mostly because there was a split second where i thought that hellen keller played tight end

by Theo :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 9:32pm

He's a poor man's #2 receiver and on good teams a #3 or #4 receiver.
Now he's been raped by bubba for a year so I don't see him getting more than 200 yards and a TD.

by tuluse :: Sat, 02/20/2010 - 9:19pm

I hope that's hyperbole. I mean Reggie Williams averaged over 400 yards per year during his career.

by R. Carney (not verified) :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 10:04pm

He spent 24 days in jail...so unless Bubba was really busy for three weeks, I doubt he got a year's worth of raping in.

by alexdl :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 1:01am

I nominate this for the most positive spin ever by a homer fan.
"I doubt he got a year's worth of raping in."

That was absolutely beautiful.

by jonnyblazin :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 10:32pm

Nobody in Baltimore sees Stallworth as a #1 WR, though some people here seem to think that's the case. Mason will probably be back, and the Ravens might invest a high draft pick in a WR, sign another WR (Owens), or trade for Boldin/Marshall.

It's a no risk play for the Ravens. If he gets hurt or sucks, he'll be cut. No biggie. If he can be a decent #3 WR, its a good investment.

by Nathan :: Wed, 02/17/2010 - 11:23pm

Exactly, all he has to do is run deep stuff like gos and posts to occupy a safety and give the threat of play action with Flacco's cannon to open stuff up for Rice a bit. Then he can run some short stuff off that, slants and bubble screens since he's good with YAC. I'm not a huge Stallworth fan as I think he's pretty overrated but this signing still makes a lot of sense.

by Dice :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 1:18am

Stallworth won't make a huge difference, but he has to draw coverage from Mason and get a man out of the box, and he just might be able to do that. I see 575yds, 3 TDs tops. Any stud TEs in the draft? About time to draft Heap's replacement.

by Hurt Bones :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 10:39am

My guess is 49 rec 720 yds and 5 or 6 TDs which would certainly be an improvement over Mark Clayton.

by Phil Osopher :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 11:52am

5 or 6 TD's??????


11 catches 212 yards 0 TD's and 7 missed games due to hamstring.

by Hurt Bones :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 1:00pm

I think if you look at his career up to playing in the anemic Cleveland offense, you will find that those numbers are very close to his yearly averages.

by Rick B. (not verified) :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 1:35am

So who do the Ravens sign next? Michael Vick? Plaxico Burress?

by drobviousso :: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 3:41pm

This makes sense if it is step 1 of building a WR core. He certainly isn't going to scare away a 'diva' #1 receiver like Owens or Marshal. He also is probably competent to run slants, sluggo, and post patterns and won't need too much coaching attention pulled away from young draft picks.

I doubt the Ravens think this is 'the' answer. I could always hope, but I doubt it. /pitt homer