Just one of many receiver signings that didn’t pan out
The Browns have had a hard time finding free-agent wide receivers in the past. They seem to be content with their current corps, as they should be, but neither of their star players was a free-agent signing. Instead, they acquired both Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. through trades and they were rewarded with a 1,000-yard season from each of them in 2019.
Before those two were in town, Cleveland had a hard time finding the right player. Draft picks such as Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon never panned out. Neither did players added in the open market such as Dwayne Bowe or Kenny Britt.
Going even further back, we had the devastation that came with landing Andre Rison, who was a huge factor in the team leaving Cleveland.
In between Rison and the Bowe/Britt whiffs was another bad signing — Donte’ Stallworth. A deep threat for the New Orleans Saints from 2002-2005, Stallworth was with the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He parlayed solid campaigns with those teams into a seven-year. $35 million deal with Cleveland, but you would be forgiven if you don’t remember him in the orange and brown.
Stallworth played just 11 games for the Browns and had 17 receptions on 45 targets for 170 yards and one touchdown. He was suspended for the entire 2009 season as he was convicted on manslaughter charges for a DUI accident that cost one man his life.
After serving time, he returned to play three more seasons but was never the player he once was. And to this day, it’s probably easy to forget he was ever in Cleveland.