According to NFL.com writer Albert Breer, the Washington Redskins have invited veteran receiver Donte’ Stallworth to participate in a mini-camp taking place next week. Stallworth played for the Redskins during the 2011 season before being released after eleven games. The ten year veteran last played for the New England Patriots, when he was signed to a one year deal in December after an injury to Julian Edelman. Stallworth played in only one game, catching a single sixty-three yard touchdown pass before injuring his ankle. He was placed on injured reserve and did not return to the team.
It has been a turbulent off-season for Stallworth. He was hospitalized in March after riding a hot air balloon into power lines in Florida. He has only recently been cleared to participate in football related activities. The accident added to Stallworth’s notable off-the-field resume. In April 2009, he was charged with DUI manslaughter after running over a pedestrian after a night of drinking. The wide receiver has not played a full season since the incident.
Though there was some interest from the Patriots to re-sign Stallworth, the Redskins appear to have the inside track for his services. Though he has been unreliable and injury-prone, Washington is shallow at the wide receiver position. He is familiar with Mike Shanahan and his offensive schemes (despite the fact that his former coach chose to release him in 2011). Most importantly for the Redskins, Stallworth can be acquired cheaply, as the free agent demand for Stallworth has been weak.
It is unlikely that Stallworth provides a better alternative for the Redskins offense. However, at this point in the summer, inviting him to a try-out is certainly worth the effort.