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Pats part ways with Donte’ Stallworth

Donte Stallworth, Curtis Marsh

New England Patriots wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth (19) can’t make the catch as Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Curtis Marsh, right, breaks up the pass during the third quarter of an NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


The logjam at wideout has gotten a little thinner in New England.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, receiver Donte’ Stallworth has been released.

Stallworth returned to New England earlier this year, after appearing in every game of a 16-0 perfect season in 2007, starting nine. A first-round pick of the Saints in 2002, Stallworth has remained in the NFL for a full decade without ever generating a 1,000-yard season.

Stallworth had appeared in all three of New England’s preseason games, catching five passes for 61 yards. Other veteran receivers possibly on the roster bubble include Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney.

Stallworth has played for the Saints, Eagles, Patriots, Browns, Ravens, and Redskins. He returned to the game in 2010 after a full-season suspension resulting from a guilty plea to DUI manslaughter in Miami. At a time when the Miami Dolphins could use help at the position, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Dolphins will be interested -- and whether that three-year-old incident would be an impediment.

If the Dolphins pass on this specific pass-catcher, there’s always Seattle.