Redskins sign WR Donte Stallworth, as expected

Donte Stallworth

Donte Stallworth, during Tuesday’s practice. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

 

The Washington Redskins, as expected, have signed veteran wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who spent the last two days practicing with the team on a tryout basis, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday after practice that he planned to sign Stallworth before he left team headquarters.

Stallworth played 11 games for Washington in 2011, and then signed with the New England Patriots last season. An ankle injury limited him to just one game.

Stallworth earlier this spring suffered burns to his body while injured in a hot-air balloon ride. Fully healed from both injuries, he hoped to resume his NFL career, and now will head to training camp with Washington late next month.

Shanahan said Tuesday that he wanted to re-sign Stallworth last offseason, and went as far as to tell the receiver the thought had made a mistake in signing with New England. He believes the 10-year veteran can help improve a wide receiver unit that includes Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson.

Offensive Cordinator Kyle Shanahan echoed those thoughts when asked about Stallworth today.

“He looked like the same guy I remember. He’s a very good football player. I love Donte,” he said. “… Donte helped us a lot two years ago. I would have loved to bring him back last year too, to come compete for a roster spot. He ended up signing with New England. We saw he was available and I don’t know if we signed him yet, but I hope we do.”

The Redskins signed Stallworth several hours later.

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