Stallworth says he'd like to rejoin Patriots


Stallworth says he'd like to rejoin Patriots

By TomE. Curran

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, 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 Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14


Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

FOXBORO – Back in March, Eric Weddle batted his eyes longingly at the Patriots. The two-time All-Pro safety’s time was done with the Chargers and he wanted to spend his NFL autumn with a team that had a chance to win it all. 

He didn’t land in New England, but he didn’t too badly, winding up with the usually competitive Ravens.  

On a Thursday conference call with New England media, Weddle confirmed that there was mutual interest expressed. 

“Obviously, I was interested,” he acknowledged. “I have nothing but high regard, respect and admiration – and envy, quite honestly – of the success of the New England Patriots over the years. Obviously, battling them in my career, it’s always been a great game. I love the way they play, love the foundation, love everything about it. It was definitely on my radar. There were talks both ways, it just didn’t end up [working out].”

The numbers massed at the position with Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon played a role in the two sides not being able to reach accord, according to Weddle. 

“I’m good buddies with Patrick Chung,” he said. “I grew up playing with him and Devin [McCourty] is one of the best to play, so I don’t know if it would have worked out personnel-wise. But obviously, I could have seen myself fitting in there seamlessly.”

Weddle’s New England attraction apparently wasn’t love that bloomed late in his career. Toward the end of his conference call, Weddle said, “I’m still wondering why they just didn’t draft me in ’07; I could have been still playing there now.”

As reporters puzzled for a moment trying to recall the 2007 first-rounder, Weddle chipped in with the answer: “[They took] Brandon Meriweather.”