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First Free Agent Leaves Redskins As Donte Stallworth Returns To Patriots

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

Receiver Donte Stallworth became the first of the Washington Redskins’ unrestricted free agents to leave the team when he agreed to a one-year contract with New England on Monday.


Stallworth, 31, had 22 catches for 309 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games in his only season in Washington. He was released by the Redskins on Nov. 5 in a crunch for roster space and was brought back the following week, and had all but five of his catches and 46 receiving yards over the season’s final seven games.

According to a source, the team Stallworth negotiated with during his week off was with New England, but he said at the time that he chose to return to the Redskins because he was already acclimated to the area.

The receiver spent the 2007 season, which was one of his most productive, in New England. He had 46 catches for 697 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots, who lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, ending their quest for an undefeated season.

His most lasting mark was his touchdown catch in the closing seconds of the Redskins’ home loss to Dallas on Nov. 20 – one that sent the game to overtime. He also had four catches for 96 yards, including a 51-yard grab, in a Dec. 4 home loss to New England.

The move was first reported by NBC’s