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Old 03-11-2007, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Patriots sign Stallworth $3.6million/1year

Im guessing that the Patriots FA plunge has all but finished after this latest acquisition.

From what I can tell the contract is a 1 year deal worth $3.6million - after that there is an option to bring him back for the next - which is currently set at $11million - although I cannot foresee the patriots paying this type of money to retain his services.

Im pretty sure this is a year to audition his talents with a team that is likely to go deep in the playoffs and catching balls from an elite QB - after this coming season the contract will either be re-worked to something alot more manageable or he will be released to make his money elsewhere.

I think the numbers set out for Stallworth contract in years 2 onwards will never happen - its basically done to ensure Rosenhaus looks like the ultimate negotiator - a little like the false numbers in the $80million/8 years deal Nate Clements received.

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The Patriots continued their offseason spending spree, adding wide receiver Donte' Stallworth to their 2007 haul, league sources told ESPN.com.

The deal -- negotiated by agent Drew Rosenhaus, who concluded a frenetic week in free agency by constructing a contract that met the needs of all parties -- can be as brief as one season or as lengthy as six. But for the Patriots to retain Stallworth beyond the 2007 season, a year in which he will make $3.6 million in bonuses and salary, New England will have to make a significant investment.

Stallworth will receive an initial signing bonus of $1 million, a roster bonus of $1.6 million and a $300,000 workout bonus, to go along with his 2007 base salary of $700,000. That totals $3.6 million for the coming season.

It's after the 2007 season, however, when the really big money kicks in.

For the Patriots to retain Stallworth for the 2008 season, they must pay him an option bonus of $6 million by Feb. 25, 2008. There is a subsequent roster bonus of $2 million due on March 1, a second roster bonus of $1.6 million based on playing time, a base salary of $1 million and a $400,000 workout bonus. That totals an exorbitant $11 million for 2008, or a two-year total of $14.6 million.

To keep Stallworth for 2009, the Patriots would have to pay another option bonus, this one of $2 million, by Feb. 25 of that year. In terms of bonuses and base salary, the 2009 season would be worth $5 million to Stallworth, for a three-year total of $19.6 million.

The final three seasons of the contract all include workout bonuses of $500,000 each and base salaries of $4 million each. The maximum value of the contract, if the Patriots were to keep Stallworth for all six years, is $33.1 million.
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Patriots sign Stallworth $3.6million/1year

Back to the bottom of the barrel PHILLY.
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: Patriots sign Stallworth $3.6million/1year

Still no real #1 receiver in New England. Stallworth is nice and all, but no better than anything that's on the roster now. Thomas I understood. Everyone in the NFL would have liked to see their team sign him. But Stallworth, I just don't get it.
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:55 PM   #4
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POSTED 1:23 p.m. EDT, March 11, 2007

STALLWORTH SIGNED A "PROVE IT" DEAL

As we guessed several days ago, the contract that receiver Donte' Stallworth has inked with the New England Patriots is a one-year "prove it" deal. If he is effective, and if he doesn't get suspended for violation of the substance abuse policy, the team will likely pay him $8 million in 2008 bonus money. If he is not effective, or if he gets suspended, the team can walk away.

And if Stallworth is a training camp train wreck, the team is out only a $1 million signing bonus and $300,000 workout bonus.

So why didn't Stallworth just sign a one-year deal and head back to free agency in 2008? If he plays well enough for the Pats to happily hand him $8 million by early March, he'd likely get much more than that on the open market.

The glitch, as one league insider has explained it to us, is the franchise tag. Under a one-year deal, the Pats would still have the ability to restrict Stallworth's movement by extending an offer with a one-season salary equal to the average of the five highest-paid receivers in the game.

And with Stallworth set to earn $11 million in 2008 if the Patriots like what he does in 2007, they surely would have been willing to use the franchise tag -- which will be several million bucks less than his currently scheduled pay -- if Stallworth had played like a star under a one-year deal. (The structure of the contract prevents the Pats from passing on the option bonus but then tying Stallworth's hands -- and saving a lot of money -- with the franchise tag, since the option bonus is due after the last day for using the franchise or transition tags.)

So why not ask the team to agree not to use the franchise tag? As the source explained, it's hard to get a one-year deal worth much more than the veteran minimum if the team then has no way to extend the player's tenure with the team.


Nice out for the pat's....Clearly NE is going for it all next year and with all the moves they just might make it
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:58 PM   #5
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Default Re: Patriots sign Stallworth $3.6million/1year

Doesn't everyone go for it every year? That's pretty much the nature of the NFL these days. You get these 2-3 year windows where you can win and then 2-3 year windows where you reload.
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Doesn't everyone go for it every year? That's pretty much the nature of the NFL these days. You get these 2-3 year windows where you can win and then 2-3 year windows where you reload.

Since 2001 the PAts have been there all but 1 year and with these moves will be there for the next 2 or 3. Then comes the draft with 2 #1 picks now they can draft for the future to ensure being competitive for quite some time..I think NE front officew is nothing short of amazing and the Stallworth deal proves it.
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Default Re: Patriots sign Stallworth $3.6million/1year

Ok, if you say so.

I think Stallworth took a pretty safe gamble by signing this deal. He's going to get paid and have a chance at going deep into the post season. But it's not like the Pats snared a true #1 receiver in this deal. Stallworth is nice wide receiver, but he's probably be suited to be a slot guy.

As far as the Pat's FO goes, this kind of thing has been done before. They're not doing anything new or unique. A lot of teams have been working this way for a long time. But the Pats are a media darling, so everything they do is treated as though it's never been done before.
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Ok, if you say so.

I think Stallworth took a pretty safe gamble by signing this deal. He's going to get paid and have a chance at going deep into the post season. But it's not like the Pats snared a true #1 receiver in this deal. Stallworth is nice wide receiver, but he's probably be suited to be a slot guy.

As far as the Pat's FO goes, this kind of thing has been done before. They're not doing anything new or unique. A lot of teams have been working this way for a long time. But the Pats are a media darling, so everything they do is treated as though it's never been done before.


In 6 years they have won 3 Superbowls and went deep in post season 2 other years
Your right other teams have done the same thing, they just have not been as successful at it.
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In 6 years they have won 3 Superbowls and went deep in post season 2 other years
Your right other teams have done the same thing, they just have not been as successful at it.
You've had a great run, I don't think anyone is disputing that. But there have been other factors which have helped you out. It's not like you've done this in a vacuum. But congrats on the signing. I would have liked to have seen Stallworth come here and play slot for us, but that didn't happen.
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The AFC is going to be a tough conference once again,alot of teams got better like the Jets and the Broncos.If Big Ben is healthy the Steelers will contend for the Division.The Ravens lost too much talent and The Bengels will have to schedual games to co inside with their work release programs...LMAO
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