Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dolphins do due diligence with WR Stallworth visit


The Dolphins need wide receivers, and Donte' Stallworth needs a job.

Miami held a workout for a number of free agent wideouts this week, and Stallworth was in attendance, according to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Dolphins are trying to address a need that has been painfully exposed during the preseason.

Stallworth had been with the New England Patriots during training camp but was waived Monday. The 31-year-old has been with seven different teams in the past eight years but also missed the 2009 season serving a suspension stemming from a DUI manslaughter conviction.

Stallworth has 320 receptions for 4,774 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career.

Miami has a desperate need for weapons to help quarterback Ryan Tannehill in his rookie season. General manager Jeff Ireland is likely just doing his due diligence on the aging Stallworth, as he is also reportedly prepared to acquire a wideout via trade and will likely scour the waiver wire.

The Dolphins' offense has been plagued by dropped passes during the preseason, as Tannehill acclimates himself to the NFL. Failing to find him better receiving options could spell disaster for the Dolphins 2012 season.

Miami's current starters are Legedu Naanee and Davone Bess, with tenured Dolphins Brian Hartline expected to miss regular season time due to a calf injury. Behind them are Roberto Wallace and Marlon Moore, who have 12 combined career NFL receptions.

Former Jacksonville Jaguar and St. Louis Ram Mike Sims-Walker and undrafted free agent Brian Tyms reportedly also attended the workout.

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