Aug 13, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Skye Dawson (16) catches the ball in front of Redskins wide receiver Donte

Washington Redskins release Donte' Stallworth

The Washington Redskins cut a former New England Patriots wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth (as recently as last year) this morning to get a major start on the crackdown to 75, and the early release for Stallworth gives the veteran some time to latch onto a new squad as a situational deep threat and depth receiver. Stallworth is too inconsistent and drop prone at this stage to be anything more, but his athleticism hasn’t declined and he still has the speed (as he showed last year on one long touchdown play against the Houston Texans) to be a vertical threat.

Aug 6, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth catches a pass during training camp. USA Today Sports

The NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported the news which didn’t come as a surprise. The Redskins were playing Donte’ Stallworth with the third-stringers, and he had a hamstring issue as well. It’s the injury that really killed the veteran’s chances, but he still has the ability to be a useful depth receiver for a team out there. I think he’ll be signed before he clears waivers.

As for a potential reunion between Stallworth and the New England Patriots, that’s virtually out of the question. I am a fan of Stallworth’s and believe he still has something to offer with a team, but that team isn’t the New England Patriots. They already have six locks at the position, and he isn’t a better option for the Pats than Kamar Aiken. The Pats released the likes of Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones to get younger, and they aren’t about to get ultra-old. I know a report in the spring from Jeff Howe stated that both sides would potentially strike a deal later on, but that’s definitely out of the question in my book.

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