Hot air balloon crash hurts Stallworth

March 17, 2013

NFL free agent Donte Stallworth was hospitalized Saturday with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida, his agent said.

The 10-year NFL veteran won’t suffer any permanent damage from the accident in Homestead, said Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth’s agent.

“He’s going to be okay. He has some burns, but he’s going to be fine,” Rosenhaus said. “He will be able to continue his NFL career. The injuries are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career.”

Rosenhaus said one of the passengers was Stallworth’s girlfriend, but he would not say whether she was hurt.

The basket carrying three hot air balloon passengers crashed into the power lines while airborne, according to Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland.

PATRIOTS: Free agent cornerback Aqib Talib has agreed to a one-year contract to remain with New England, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Washington Redskins tried to sign Talib, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal with the Patriots had not been announced yet. The Redskins “were in play,” according to the person, who added that the Redskins’ salary “cap issues hurt” and it “just didn’t work out.”

According to another person with knowledge of the situation, Talib’s deal with New England is worth about $5 million.

The Redskins had hoped to reunite Talib with their secondary coach, Raheem Morris, who formerly coached him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Redskins ranked 30th among the 32 NFL teams this past season in pass defense and had released cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

The Redskins this year must absorb the remaining $18 million of a two-year, $36 million salary cap penalty.

— Mark Maske

JETS: Cornerback Darrelle Revis, the subject of recent trade rumors, earned a roster bonus as a result of a clause in his contract with New York. According to the clause, the bonus kicked in on Saturday since Revis remains on the Jets’ roster — not traded or cut — at the end of the business day.

New York also re-signed place kicker Nick Folk, who opted to stay put after being an unrestricted free agent.

GIANTS: New York announced that they’d signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor, while a person familiar with the situation said that the team also reached an agreement with tight end Brandon Myers, who had his best season with the Oakland Raiders in 2012.

New York also reached a contract agreement with wide receiver Louis Murphy, a source said.

49ERS: San Francisco filled a big void in its secondary left by the departure of Dashon Goldson.

The NFC champion Niners signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract, finding an apparent replacement after Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay earlier in the week.

Dahl, 27, spent the past four seasons with the St. Louis Rams and had 78 tackles and an interception in 2012.

RAVENS: Former Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears agreed to a two-year contract with Baltimore.

The Ravens announced the move late Friday night. Spears is expected to take a physical and sign the deal within the next few days.

Although the Super Bowl champions have lost several key players during free agency, they’ve enhanced their defensive line by signing Chris Canty and Spears, who has 89 starts in his NFL career.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome said, “The base of a good defense is to be good along the defensive line.”

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