Redskins hope to sign receiver Donte Stallworth this week

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The Redskins hope to sign receiver Donte Stallworth this week after he impressed coach Mike Shanahan at Tuesday’s minicamp practice.

Stallworth, 32, is attempting to continue his career after a hot air balloon accident in March in which he and his girlfriend caught on fire and suffered second- and third-degree burns.

“I was happy to see him out there today,” Shanahan said. “I thought he made a couple plays today that he looked very good, and hopefully we’ll get a chance to sign him in the next couple days.”

Stallworth had 309 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 11 games for the Redskins in 2011. The Redskins waived him on Nov. 8 that year but re-signed him a week later.

He signed with New England last offseason and finished the season with one reception, a 63-yarder for a touchdown.

The Redskins overhauled their receiving corps last offseason in order to acquire playmakers who could gain yards after the catch. Shanahan indicated that philosophy did not preclude them from attempting to re-sign Stallworth.

“I didn’t want to lose Donte a year ago,” Shanahan said after Tuesday’s practice. “I did call him up and I told him I thought he made a mistake, giving him a hard time. Before he had signed, he was contemplating what to do. He had decided to go to New England, and I really thought that he made a mistake. I thought he’d have been better being with us just because I liked what he did, what he brought to the table. And so when it didn’t work out for him this year, I was hoping that we could get him back.”

 

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