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Stallworth to Baltimore

Posted by Albert Breer  February 17, 2010 01:28 PM

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There's one less receiver available to fix the Patriots' issues at the position.

Recently reinstated ex-Patriot Donte Stallworth signed with Baltimore in midday today, a move the team made official a short time ago.

"There was a time I felt the mistake I made was the end of the world for me. I've had trouble putting it into words," Stallworth told the team Web site. "So, when teams started inviting me for workouts and the Ravens called, I was excited. It means a lot that they would be willing to take a chance with me. I have a lot of people I am thankful for, and that now includes the Ravens. I can't let any of these people down, including my family, Commissioner (Roger) Goodell and the Ravens.
"I will never get that morning back. It weighs on me every day and will for the rest of my life. What I can do is move forward, try to be a better person, try to convince others not to do what I did and warn others about the dangers of drinking and driving. I have to show otherwise that what happened doesn't reflect who I am. I have to prove that, and, hopefully, I'm on my way to doing that."

The Ravens worked Stallworth out on Tuesday, and the fact that a talent evaluator of Ozzie Newsome's caliber moved so quickly to sign him says he's probably in pretty good shape. He got a one-year, $900,000 deal from the team.

What does that leave for the Patriots? Well, Deion Branch remains a possibility, though the Chicago Tribune's Dan Pompei said on ESPN the other day that new Seattle GM John Schneider told him he's not planning to cut Branch (Stayed tuned). After that, you're looking at Antonio Bryant, Kevin Walter, Terrell Owens, Chris Chambers and Derrick Mason headlining the unrestricted market.
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