By TomE. Curran
Former Patriot Donte Stallworth, who's had a very bad go of it since leaving the Patriots after the 2007 season, wants back in. Speaking to Jeff Howe of NESN.com, Stallworth said he "would definitely 100 percent go to New England."Stallworth, who'll turn 31 in November, is coming off a season in Baltimore in which he caught just two passes and played in only eight games because of a broken foot.
He was suspended by the NFL for the 2009 season after pleading guilty to DUI and second-degree manslaughter for the death of 59-year-old Mario Reyes. Stallworth struck and killed Reyes on the morning of March 14, 2009. Stallworth admitted he was drinking prior to the accident. He received a 30-day sentence and served 24 of those. The season prior, he caught just 17 passes for the Browns who he signed with after leaving the Patriots in 2007. "I had the best time in New England," Stallworth told Howe. "I made a lot of friends in that area, in the organization, on the team . . . I still have a lot of friends there, still have a lot of friends on the team, still close with some of the coaches there. Returning to New England would definitely be an option. I want to be able to put myself in position to be able to show that I can still play football, and I would definitely 100 percent go to New England."Stallworth's speed has always been his best asset. He caught 46 balls for 697 yards (15.2 average) with the Patriots. He was most often lined up as the X-receiver for the Patriots. It's not a surprise Stallworth is attempting to curry interest. With his injury history and the 2009 issue, he doesn't figure to be an in-demand free agent if and when the 2011 free agent period actually comes. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at email@example.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran