Not that any of us wanted WR Donte Stallworth back at some time this season, but for anyone who thought their might be a glimmer of hope that receiver would be in a Browns uniform for the 2009-2010 season, you can forget about it.
After Roger Goodell indefinitely suspended Stallworth about two month ago, he came to a decision less than a week after meeting with him. Stallworth has been suspended for the entire season without pay, and will be re-instated after the Super Bowl. This pretty much ends the short-lived and wasteful career that Stallworth had with the Browns, as he will end up being one of the worst free agent investments ever made by the team.
The following excerpt comes from Goodell in a letter to Stallworth:
"Despite a repeated emphasis on the importance of avoiding driving under the influence of alcohol, you chose to drive under circumstances where you were legally impaired. And you did so even though safe and confidential alternatives, such as the "Safe Ride" program, were available to you. Your conduct endangered yourself and others, leading to the death of an innocent man. The NFL and NFL players must live with the stain that you have placed on their reputations."
The Browns won't miss Stallworth. Besides No. 1 receiver Braylon Edwards on the roster, the team drafted two receivers in the second round of April's draft: Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi. In addition, veteran receivers Mike Furrey and David Patten were added in the offseason. Other players competing for the receiver position include Joshua Cribbs, Lance Leggett, Paul Hubbard, Jordan Norwood, and Edward Williams.