After the Super Bowl, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to reinstate Browns WR Donte’ Stallworth. Once that happens, Cleveland reportedly will release Stallworth. According to lawyer David Cornwell — who has represented troubled athletes in the past – a team will take a chance on Stallworth and PFT’s Mike Florio thinks that team might be the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Whether it is with the Browns or another club,” Cornwell said via e-mail, “somebody is going to get a man who is grateful, hungry and anxious to prove he understands how blessed he is to get a second chance. Donte’ has taken ownership of his tragic mistake and used the possibility of a second chance as fuel to drive him.
“With labor disputes, salary caps and all the other business issues clouding the essence of the game, Donte’ is betting that either the Browns or another team will go old school and take a chance on a guy who is hungry and has something to prove.”
Stallworth’s second chance likely will come with a one-year deal for the minimum salary. But if he truly makes the most of his opportunity, he could position himself for a nice payday in the future.
One possible landing spot could be Kansas City. G.M. Scott Pioli signed Stallworth in 2007, when Pioli was V.P. of player personnel with the Patriots. And the Browns signed Stallworth in 2008, when Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was the head coach in Cleveland.
The New England and Cleveland connections are clear, but is that really a circus that the Chiefs want to be a part of?
Just look at the other side of the state and all the stuff they had to deal with after Leonard Little dealt with the same issues as Stallworth.
I’m not naive enough to think talent doesn’t trump all things. And while he is a talented player, in 7 seasons Stallworth has only played in all 16 games three times and never once has he eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving. So even if you take the human element completely out of the situation, it’s not as if adding Stallworth to the Chiefs offense would take them to the next level.