Report: Browns will release Stallworth upon return

Wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth received good news on Friday when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced during his annual Super Bowl news conference that Stallworth would be reinstated into the league at some point after Super Bowl XLIV. Where Stallworth plays next season, though, appears to be another issue.

Citing an unnamed source, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns will release Stallworth upon reinstatement, although a formal announcement may not come immediately.

Stallworth, who was under the influence, struck and killed a pedestrian while driving on a causeway connecting Miami and Miami Beach on March 14, 2009, resulting in his suspension from football. He served 24 days in jail and was placed on house arrest.

The Plain Dealer‘s report says the Browns’ decision would be made by March 20, because if Stallworth is on the 80-man roster on that date — which is the 15th day of the 2010 league year — he would earn a $1 million roster bonus that Cleveland has no intention of paying him.

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