Patriots: Revisiting the 2007 Offseason

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2. Signed Donte’ Stallworth to essentially a one-year, $3.6 million contract. The negotiated contract for Stallworth had flexibility to be just a one season “rental,” which was the final result, or it very well could have been a six-year, $33.1 million deal

Obviously, depth at receiver was a concern for the Patriots during the 2007 offseason, and a team high 760 receiving yards was not going to be acceptable the next season. Following the departure of New England’s leading receiver in 2006, Caldwell, the Patriots were looking for a deep threat, as they had not yet traded for Moss.

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Stallworth’s contract was negotiated to be beneficial for both sides. The deal lasted just one season, but if not for Welker’s outburst, Stallworth might have remained a second option for many more years. In his year with the Patriots, Stallworth was more than just serviceable. Stallworth proved to be a quality third option at receiver for the Patriots, totaling three touchdowns and 697 yards.

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Although the acquisition did not quite impact the Patriots in the future years, Stallworth was an important factor in one of the greatest offenses ever to step foot on a football field. The offense that had relied on Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney the previous year turned into a juggernaut of Moss, Welker, and Stallworth.

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