Should the Browns consider keeping Stallworth?

June, 16, 2009
6/16/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

 
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  Could Donte' Stallworth play for the Browns this season?
On Monday, when Donte' Stallworth faced an unspecified amount of jail time, it was a near certainty that the Cleveland Browns would have to cut ties with the veteran receiver. But with the news Tuesday of Stallworth's plea deal involving just 30 days in jail for his DUI manslaughter case, the Browns might at least consider their options.

On the plus side, Stallworth should be out of jail before or during training camp and could be ready to rejoin the team this summer after missing a majority of the offseason program. The Browns also paid him a $4.5 million roster bonus in March, which impacts the salary cap and could be influential in the decision.

On the minus side, the Browns already prepared to move on without Stallworth. They spent two high draft picks on receivers in second rounders Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi and spent money in free agency acquiring David Patten and Mike Furrey. Expecting the worst, Cleveland invested a lot in rebuilding its receiving corps, and with Braylon Edwards also on the roster there's not much room left for Stallworth.

The NFL also is expected to come down pretty hard on Stallworth in the form of a suspension, whether it's two games, four games or eight or more games. Once the league completes its due diligence there, the Browns will have to decide if the pluses outweigh the minuses.

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