Browns, ex-Pats receiver Stallworth agree to contract

Updated: March 1, 2008, 10:43 PM ET
By Michael Smith |

On the first day of NFL free agency, the Cleveland Browns first locked up quarterback Derek Anderson with a three-year deal.

On Saturday, they gave him a new target to pass to.

Donte' Stallworth


Wide Receiver
New England Patriots


2007 Season Stats
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
46 697 3 15.2 69 328

Donte' Stallworth, who played last season with the New England Patriots, agreed to terms on a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns, $10 million of which is guaranteed.

"Donte' will be the major addition to our offense this year," said Phil Savage, Browns GM and senior vice president. "He will bring legitimate speed, quickness and playmaking ability to the receiving corps and add a different dimension to the skill players we already have in place."

Stallworth caught 46 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns as part of a receiving corps that included Wes Welker and Pro Bowler Randy Moss.

Stallworth's best overall season was in 2005, when he caught 70 passes for 945 yards and seven touchdowns as a member of the New Orleans Saints.

Michael Smith covers the NFL for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Michael Smith

NFL Senior Writer
Michael Smith joined ESPN in July 2004 as a National Football League senior writer for, covering league news and major events such as the NFL Draft, NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl, and continues to write breaking news stories. He is also a correspondent for E:60, ESPN's first multi-themed prime-time newsmagazine program, which debuted October 2007.