Stallworth released by Browns

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CLEVELAND --- Donte' Stallworth will get the chance to resurrect his NFL career, but it won't happen in Cleveland.

The Browns released the troubled wide receiver Monday, wasting little time after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that Stallworth would be reinstated after the Super Bowl.

Stallworth was suspended for the 2009 season by Goodell after he pleaded guilty to killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in Florida. He spent 24 days in jail.

"I think he's in a better place than he was," Goodell said Friday, adding that he met with Stallworth about a month ago. "I think he recognizes what he did and the horrific nature and the unfortunate outcome, and I think he's prepared himself to get back in and play."

Stallworth, 29, spent one season with the Browns, catching 17 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown in 2008 while battling injuries. A college star at Tennessee, he has also played with New England, Philadelphia and New Orleans since the Saints drafted him in the first round in 2002.

Stallworth struck 59-year-old crane operator Mario Reyes on March 14 in Miami. He pleaded guilty June 16 to DUI manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and was suspended by Goodell two days later.

RAIDERS: Oakland has hired longtime NFL defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast as an assistant.

The team did not say what Pendergast's role would be when announcing his hiring. He was let go last month as defensive coordinator in Kansas City.

Pendergast had spent the previous five years as defensive coordinator in Arizona, helping the Cardinals make it to the Super Bowl a year ago. He had previously worked as an assistant with the Houston Oilers, Dallas and Cleveland.

Pendergast is the third assistant hired by the Raiders since the end of the season. The team still has not announced whether Tom Cable will return as head coach.

GIANTS: New York has been awarded offensive tackle Herb Taylor off waivers from Denver, theGiants announced.

EARLY FAVORITES: The Colts are favored to win next year's Super Bowl, according to odds released by BetUS.com.

Indianapolis is a 7-1 favorite to take home the NFL championship, followed by the Chargers (8-1), Saints (9-1) and the Patriots (10-1). The Rams, coming off a 1-15 season, are the longest shot on the board at 150-1.


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