John Harbaugh was recently asked by a fan if veteran wideouts TJ houshmandzadeh and Donte' Stallworth will return for the (possible) upcoming season. Harbaugh responded by saying "The answer is that I don't really know. You can’t really put a percentage basis on it because there are so many things up in the air at this time. There are obviously a lot of issues that haven’t been a part of the equation in the past. It’s just a different calendar now with free agency." Harbaugh is talking about the expired collective bargin agreement which has resulted in a stop in free agency untill theres a new CBA in place. Regardless, Houshmandzadeh and Stallworth will be RFA.
Houshmandzadeh recorded 30 receptions, 398 total recieving yards and three touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. These were his worst stats since his rookie year in 2001.
Stallworth only had two receptions for 82 yards while playing in only eight games. Stallworth had one of Baltimore's best recpetions in week 13 against Pittsburgh. Stallwroth caught a 67 yard bomb from Joe Flacco with The Ravens backed up to their own goal line.
When Baltimore first signed Donte' Stallworth I was really excited. Stallworth added depth, speed and a veteran presence. We had three experienced wide outs to go with Joe Flacco who has had to deal with an ok recieving core in the past two seasons. Stallworth then broke his foot in a pre season game agianst The New York "Football" Giants. Baltimore then went out and signed TJ Houshmandzadeh. I was really excited about this signing. Houshmandzadeh is a great possesion reciever that added more depth to the position.
Once Houshmandzadeh was signed, Stallworth was pretty much toast. He didn't have many reps during games. The thing that made me gain respect for Stallworth was he was willing to do anything to make Baltimore better as a whole. He suggested that he would return punts to help the struggling speacial team game. If The Ravens let Stallworth go, I wouldn't be that disappointed. I wish Stallworth the best but he just got hurt at a bad time.
As for Houshmandzadeh, I love this guy. He added so much to the offense. Baltimore would be making a mistake if they don't bring this guy back. As Flacco matures, they need a veteran reciever to go to a five wide reciver formation. After Houshmandadeh dropped a pass in the divisonal round against the Pittsburgh Steelers, TJ went storming off the field. I felt so bad for the guy. Soon after this he stated that he wanted to return to Baltimore. So hopefully Ozzie Newsome will take a good look at Houshmandzadeh before making a decision.