Ravens sign WR Stallworth

Posted Feb. 17, 2010 @ 4:24 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Ravens signed veteran WR Donté Stallworth to a one-year, $900,000 contract Wednesday, with a reported $300,000 in incentives.

Stallworth was reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell after the Super Bowl following a season-long suspension stemming from his guilty plea for DUI manslaughter in Miami Beach. Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian March 14 while driving under the influence. He served 30 days in jail.

"I will never get that morning back," Stallworth said. "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."

Stallworth, who last played in the NFL in 2008 when he caught 17 passes for Cleveland, was released by the Browns nine days ago, shortly after his reinstatement by Goodell. Baltimore will be his fifth team in eight seasons.

"We've given a lot of thought to this, and we've done extensive research into Donté beyond football," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement released by the team. "He made a huge mistake. There's no doubt about that. He has paid a significant price for that, and, as he has said, he carries a heavy weight. As (Ravens owner) Steve (Bisciotti) said, we believe in second chances, and Donté does deserve that.

"But we've signed him because we want to get better, and we think he has a chance to help us."

Wide receiver has been considered a weak area for the Ravens for some time, and the signing of Stallworth is unlikely to be the last move the team makes at the position this offseason.