With an injury to Todd Pinkston and not much experience among their wide receivers, the Eagles sent LB Mark Simoneau and a conditional fourth round pick in the 2007 Draft to the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Donte Stallworth.
"We're bringing in an experienced receiver that's coming off of a great year with the New Orleans Saints and he'll fit in nicely into our receiving corps," said head coach Andy Reid. "He's got tremendous speed and quickness and he catches the ball very well. He's good with the yards after the catch."
In 56 career games (32 starts), Stallworth has hauled in 195 receptions for 2,791 yards and 23 touchdowns. Among his career receptions, 45 were for 20 yards-or-more, while 12 of his career touchdowns were from 25 yards out or further. In addition, four of Stallworth's touchdown receptions have been game winners, including two in 2004, and he has notched 10 career 100-yard receiving games. In 2002, he became the first NFL rookie in 20 years to catch a touchdown in each of his first four games.
Even with all of his talent, Stallworth has found himself on the wrong side of two different coaching staffs in New Orleans for what was termed a lack of work ethic. Their frustration with Stallworth had led New Orleans to shop Stallworth and there were no shortage of suitors pursuing him in potential deals with the Saints.
Stallworth (6' 0", 196) is entering his fifth professional season after originally being drafted by the Saints with the 13th overall pick in the 2002 draft and is a free agent after the season. Last season, Stallworth had a stellar year with 70 receptions for 945 yards and seven touchdowns. His touchdown total was his highest since his rookie season when he set a team rookie record with eight scores.
The Eagles will give up a fourth round pick, which will become a third round pick if they re-sign Stallworth, and LB Mark Simoneau. "Mark was one of my favorite guys," said Reid of Simoneau. "He was a great person and tremendous player for us, on special teams and at linebacker. We just appreciate everything he did for this organization."
The deal is contingent on both players passing physicals with their new teams.