Should Dolphins Pursue Donte’ Stallworth

Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Donte

 

Earlier today the New England Patriots released veteran WR Donte’ Stallworth. The Miami Dolphins have a huge need for a WR. Veteran or otherwise. On the surface, Stallworth make a lot of sense for the Dolphins.

But there is a media nightmare that separates what’s needed vs. what’s right or wrong.

Stallworth served a one year suspension for involuntary manslaughter after killing a man who was walking across the MacArthur Causeway in Miami. At the time, Stallworth, who was reportedly drunk, plead guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 30 days in county jail, 8 years probation, ,and 1,000 hours of community service.

He also came to an out of court settlement with the victims family.

The incident occurred in 2009 but the question remains as to whether or not time has gone by for fans to forget. Should they forget? Of course the question of Joe Philbin’s belief in the make-up of the team may also have to be taken into consideration.

Stallworth, for now is the best available WR on the free agent market and despite playing in all 16 games last season, his baggage is a big issue, even for a WR starved team like the Dolphins..

What do you think?

Topics: Donte' Stallworth, Miami Dolphins

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  • JimR

    No with a capital N!

  • Chris

    Not gonna happen…not with Philbin. He’d probably rather have an F-bombing, head butting diva back over a drunken murderer. Lol…

  • Fed Up Phins Fan

    Hell to da NAW!!

  • Phin-Phan

    I’m more impressed by the fact that he played in 166 games last season. That’s quite some durability

  • shula71

    sign him just because he played in New England. Will drive Bill crazy. Anyone who think we have a better option on team is crazy. You are just renting him till next years draft. But I would have kept Johnson. Crap sign To and Stallworth. Crap someone turn the Dolphin Flag upside down.

  • BBell

    Sign him he is better than what we have

  • chris

    plax, T.O. someone please

  • Justin R Groth

    So I’m a chiefs fan but I like the dolphins too… Was wondering what the odds of the dolphins picking up the afformentioned (sorry wasn’t ever good at spelling) Donte’ Stallworth or maybe palxico burress or even lee evens… All three veterens would make a good addition to the wr corp. Also having a wr like place would make redzone plays easier for a rookie Qb.

  • CJ

    On a talent level, I’ve always liked him and would love to have him on the team.
    Even on a character level, he made an egregious mistake and it struck me that he was remarkably mature in how he handled it, and I believe he deserves redemption. I don’t think I would put him in the same boat as Brandon, Chad or Vontae in that regard, though even the appearance of being a bad apple seems to be enough for Phlibin to dismiss him.

    That said, it’s probably best for him to go somewhere where that incident wouldn’t be the subject of discussion.

    And given that he’s banned for life from having a Florida driver’s license, it would probably get old bumming rides from his teammates.