Stallworth says he'd like to rejoin Patriots

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Stallworth says he'd like to rejoin Patriots

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com

Former Patriot Donte Stallworth, who's had a very bad go of it since leaving the Patriots after the 2007 season, wants back in. Speaking to Jeff Howe of NESN.com, Stallworth said he "would definitely 100 percent go to New England."Stallworth, who'll turn 31 in November, is coming off a season in Baltimore in which he caught just two passes and played in only eight games because of a broken foot.
He was suspended by the NFL for the 2009 season after pleading guilty to DUI and second-degree manslaughter for the death of 59-year-old Mario Reyes. Stallworth struck and killed Reyes on the morning of March 14, 2009. Stallworth admitted he was drinking prior to the accident. He received a 30-day sentence and served 24 of those. The season prior, he caught just 17 passes for the Browns who he signed with after leaving the Patriots in 2007. "I had the best time in New England," Stallworth told Howe. "I made a lot of friends in that area, in the organization, on the team . . . I still have a lot of friends there, still have a lot of friends on the team, still close with some of the coaches there. Returning to New England would definitely be an option. I want to be able to put myself in position to be able to show that I can still play football, and I would definitely 100 percent go to New England."Stallworth's speed has always been his best asset. He caught 46 balls for 697 yards (15.2 average) with the Patriots. He was most often lined up as the X-receiver for the Patriots. It's not a surprise Stallworth is attempting to curry interest. With his injury history and the 2009 issue, he doesn't figure to be an in-demand free agent if and when the 2011 free agent period actually comes. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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Hawkins says he passed up more lucrative deals to sign with Patriots

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Hawkins says he passed up more lucrative deals to sign with Patriots

The Patriots went into Wednesday with what could have passed as the deepest receiving group in team history, yet by lunchtime they had added another. 

Former Browns and Bengals wideout Andrew Hawkins announced on Twitter (via uSTADIUM) that he had chose to come to terms with New England. He explained that the opportunity to work with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick proved to be enough to convince him that he should pass up more lucrative offers from other clubs.

"After giving it a lot of though, I've decided that I'm going to join the New England Patriots," he said. "Super excited about the opportunity, man, to join the reigning football champions. In Cleveland, I said it was about joining a contender, and the Patriots are the contender, the reigning champs.

"The program is top-notch, and you get the opportunity to play with the best quarterback and the best coach in NFL history, man, so it's super exciting. It was never really about the money. To be honest, I passed up on deals that were probably double the compensation . . . but it was all about winning for me at this point, and putting myself in the best position to do so."

Hawkins (5-foot-7, 180 pounds) may be a familiar name to Patriots fans as he caught four passes for a season-high 56 yards and one touchdown against New England in Week 5 of last season. He finished the year with 33 catches for 324 yards and three scores. The 31-year-old has recently seen his name in the headlines as he completed his Sports Management degree at Columbia and graduated last week. 

The Patriots have receivers room that's currently pretty loaded with talent. Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell figure to make up the top end of the depth chart, while former practice-squad wideouts Devin Street, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White figure to compete for playing time as do undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.

"Nothing's for sure. I got my work cut out for me. It's an opportunity," Hawkins said. "That's how I'm approaching it. Going there and seeing how I stack up with the best and try to earn my keep and prove my worth. I'm jsust excited to get there, get to work, and hopefully I can be part of something special and kind of join that Patriot legacy."