It has been reported from the Baltimore Ravens’ team website that the team has officially signed free agent (and infamous) wide receiver, Donte Stallworth.
After missing the entire 2009 season after being suspended by the NFL for killing a pedestrian while intoxicated, the 29-year old receiver has reportedly signed a one-year deal that will likely be his last real chance in the league.
While it’s a controversial moment for anyone outside of the NFL, this is some interesting news for Ravens fans, as well as the other team in the AFC North.
The Baltimore Ravens suddenly have a deep threat they can actually trust in Stallworth, as Mark Clayton has had suspect hands and route running ability for nearly his entire career, and was shaping out to be quite a bust.
Then again, it’s not like people weren’t clammering about Stallworth working his way towards being a bust, himself.
So, for all Ravens fans and anyone following the trade rumors swirling about receivers in the NFL, the question arises: does this mark the end of Baltimore’s pursuit for an elite receiver to pair with Derrick Mason?
Much like the Cincinnati Bengals’ signing of Matt Jones earlier in the week, Stallworth is a cheap, one-year, non-risk chance.
He’s just a flier. And if he works out, great. If not, big deal, because he wasn’t supposed to, anyways.
But even at 29 and with all the negativity surrounding him, there’s little denying his speed and ability on tape in his most recent seasons.
Still, speed and talent has never been a problem for Stallworth. It’s been staying out of trouble, staying healthy, and never establishing himself as a dominant, much less consistent receiver.
So, does this acquisition mean all is well in Baltimore? Not even close.
Rumors of Terrell Owens sightings will still come up. Talk about possibly landing Anquan Boldin or Brandon Marshall will still exist.
Evan Antonio Bryant’s name isn’t safe.
We’re not even into the summer yet, people. Derrick Mason hasn’t officially returned, and the Ravens haven’t decided if Mark Clayton is worth keeping on the roster (he’s not).
It will all start unfolding, and with this signing, it will simply unfold a little faster that originally predicted.
For now, though, this signing shows the Ravens are serious about getting Joe Flacco some talented weapons, no matter how troubled their history may be.
And contrary to popular belief or opinion, that’s actually a good thing.