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There’s no question Shanahan likes him. He said Tuesday he thought Stallworth made a mistake signing with New England for last season “and when it didn’t work out, I was hoping we could get him back.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to sign him. He impressed me today.”

If he does make the team, his role will likely be limited. As a “depth” receiver, he may have to contribute on special teams or risk losing a spot to a younger player who can help there.

He’s fine with all that. As much as says he enjoys watching football, he’s not ready to do that full-time. The incident five years ago and the balloon crash in March, Stallworth said, have helped give him a deeper appreciation for what he does have. He’d like to continue in the game “for 2-3 more years.”

“I still love this game,” Stallworth said. “I still feel like a kid out here running around. This game has always been my first love. It always will be. This is something that is really special, for me to have this opportunity, and I’m just trying to make the most of it.

“[The accident] was a setback. I didn’t want it to end my career. I still feel I can play and play at a high level. That’s what I am trying to prove out here now.”