Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 6/19/13
Under the radar when Devery Henderson signed with the Redskins the other day was that they also signed former Saint Donte Stallworth in tandem with him. That got me thinking, how on EARTH is this guy still in the league?? It seriously makes no sense at all. And actually, I want to know how he survived that hit pictured to the left. Stallworth was born just two months after me, so he's still relatively young at 32. Still, when the league's average for a player is a three year career, and Stallworth's career has been one of consistent underachievement, it's hard to understand how he's still hanging around when no one seems to want to keep him. Stallworth has 42 receptions in the last four years and he played for a different team in each of those four seasons. So clearly no one is enamored in keeping him around. That said, he's had two stints with the Patriots (2007 and 2012) and now two stints with the Redskins (2011 and 2013). He hasn't played for the same team two years in a row since 2005, his last year with the Saints. The Saints drafted him in the 1st round out of Tennessee as a receiver with blazing speed and a world of potential. He had splashes of potential with his best year coming in the Katrina season (70 receptions for 945 yards and 7 touchdowns). Then, Sean Payton came to town and Stallworth quickly drew his ire by sleeping in, showing up to practice late, and generally lacking maturity. Stallworth was quickly shipped off to Philadelphia before the season opener in 2006 thanks in part to the emergence of rookie Marques Colston. Since then, Stallworth has never eclipsed 46 receptions in a season. In fact, since he's left the Saints he's averaged 21 receptions per season. So if you think he underperformed based on his draft status in black and gold, it's been much worse since then. In fact, the most notable thing Stallworth has done during his NFL career is kill a man while allegedly driving under the influence. So we have two data points of very questionable character, based on Sean Payton's distate for his work ethic and his mistake (putting it mildly) that winded up getting him put in jail and suspended by Roger Goodell. There's also the fact that in his last eight years in the NFL, he'll be playing in a different city from the previous season for the eighth consecutive time. I assume he's lost a step at 32 (if Devery has lost one at 31) and his statistics since 2008 are non existant. How is this guy still hanging around? No chance he makes their 53 man roster, right? What am I missing here?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Chris Paul informs Clippers he'll opt out of contract

Report: Wolves targeting Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday, other point guards in free agency

Report: Blake Griffin opts out of contract to become free agent

Conor McGregor’s coach says tentative plans include a return to UFC in 2017

Report: Mets open for business on the trade market

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Markelle Fultz believes the Sixers are already a playoff team

Report: Jimmy Butler’s attitude toward Fred Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

St. Louis Cardinals to hold first LGBTQ Pride Night

John Mara: Extending Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t team’s No. 1 priority

Mike Trout reportedly wanted to sign ‘lifetime deal’ with Angels

Blackhawks, Blue Jackets swap Artemi Panarin, Brandon Saad

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flaunting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flaunting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker