Wide receiver Donte Stallworth said he wasn’t particularly surprised to be released Monday by the Washington Redskins. Stallworth said he realized he was facing a numbers crunch to make the team’s season-opening roster and he’s grateful for the chance he was given by the Redskins.
“I wouldn’t say I was too surprised,” Stallworth said in a telephone interview Monday evening. “I figured the way the numbers would work, it might be a little tough for me. I knew they’d have to keep a few tight ends and maybe a few more running backs than usual. When I was here before, I think we kept eight wide receivers. I think they’re probably only gonna keep five this time. So I wasn’t too surprised. I’m definitely grateful for the opportunity they gave me to show what I can do. I’ll always be a big fan of Mike Shanahan and Kyle [Shanahan]. I look forward to watching them play this year. They’re gonna be a good team.”
The Redskins appear likely to keep four tight ends — Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen, Niles Paul and rookie Jordan Reed. They could keep three to four tailbacks — with Roy Helu, Jr., Keiland Williams, Evan Royster and rookie Chris Thompson vying for roster spots behind starter Alfred Morris — along with fullback Darrel Young. Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson seem set to make the team at wide receiver.
That left no room for Stallworth, especially after he struggled with a strained hamstring during training camp and the preseason.
Stallworth has 321 catches in his 10 NFL seasons. He said he’s hopeful of being signed by another team.
“I’m finally feeling like I’m back to where I can play like myself,” Stallworth said. “My hamstring hampered me a little bit. I’m definitely hoping to be able to catch on somewhere and move forward. It’s definitely frustrating to be hurt like that, especially when you’re someone like myself whose whole game is pretty much predicated on speed. But I felt good that last game.”