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Stallworth's contract terminated

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 8, 2010

The Browns have terminated the contract of receiver Donte' Stallworth, they announced in a one-sentence press release today.

Stallworth was reinstated by the league after Sunday's Super Bowl after being suspended for the 2009 season by commissioner Roger Goodell after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter. Driving in Miami Beach on March 14, Stallworth struck and killed pedestrian Mario Reyes. Stallworth served 24 days of a 30-day jail sentence and also reached a financial settlement with the Reyes family.

Goodell addressed Stallworth's reinstatement Friday, saying he talked with Stallworth when he was in Miami for the Dolphins' final game Jan. 3.

''Donte' and I spent about 45 minutes to an hour together,'' Goodell said. ''I wanted to see how he was doing, what he had been focused on during his time away from the game and I think he’s in a better place than he was. I think he recognizes what he did and the horrific nature and the unfortunate outcome and I think he’s prepared himself to get back in and play.''

Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns before the 2008 season. But he spent much of that year injured and caught just 17 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.

The Browns had been expected to release Stallworth before March 20, when he was reportedly due a $1 million roster bonus. He now becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Stallworth posted on his Twitter page Monday evening, ''I LOVE TOM HECKERT!!!!! He was my guy in Philly & he's my guy now ... always ... nothing but love from me to him.''

Heckert, the new Browns' general manager, spent the past nine years with the Eagles. Stallworth played for Philadelphia in 2006.


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