Shanahan: Leaning toward signing Stallworth

Shanahan: Leaning toward signing Stallworth
June 11, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Stallworth soon to be a Redskin again?

After a strong tryout Tuesday in minicamp, free agent wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth has put himself in position to earn a contract, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

“I thought he made a couple of plays today,” Shanahan said. “He looked very good. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to sign him in the next couple days.”

Asked if he intends to sign Stallworth, Shanahan said: “Yeah, I would say that, right now, after today. He impressed me today.”

If the Redskins do come to terms with Stallworth, the team will have release a player on the 90-man offseason roster to make room. Not including Stallworth, there are 10 wide receivers on the roster and Shanahan normally brings 12 to camp.

“I like Donte’,” Shanahan said. “I think he brings a lot to the table. We wanted to see what kind of shape he was in. I thought he did an excellent job today, the way he worked. Hopefully he has the same type of practice tomorrow.”

As for Stallworth, he’s just happy to have another shot at an NFL career after a difficult six month span for the 32-year-old. After appearing in only one game for the Patriots in 2012, he ended up on injured reserve with an ankle injury in December. Then, in March, Stallworth and his girlfriend suffered serious burns when a hot air balloon they were riding in crashed into power lines in Miami.

“This has been a long road for me the past half year,” Stallworth said. “I’m just glad to be back out here and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Stallworth said his ankle has felt good “for the past month and a half.”

The 10-year veteran has played for the Saints, Eagles, Patriots (twice), Ravens and Redskins. He appeared in 11 games for Washington during the 2011 season, hauling in 22 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

Shanahan said he attempted to sign Stallworth late last season, but Stallworth ended up returning to the Patriots.

“He decided to go New England, and I really thought that he made a mistake,” Shanahan said. “I thought he would have been better with us.”

Now, it seems, Stallworth will get that reunion with Shanahan after all.