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Jason Maloni
Crisis Communications Expert

Jason Maloni

Senior Vice President with
Levick Strategic Communications
and Chair of the firm's Sports & Entertainment Practice.

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Donte' Stallworth gets a second chance. And in return, the Baltimore Ravens get a speedy receiver, now on his fifth team in five years, who knows he's out of second chances.

For the bargain basement price of $900,000, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome filled a gap in his team's offense. A healthy Joe Flacco needs someone to throw the ball to. And at 29, Stallworth still has the legs to go up and catch it.

Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti isn't afraid to take a risk on a player, and he is no stranger to employees with off-the-field distractions. Similar to Ravens' linebacker Ray Lewis, Stallworth can overcome his past by becoming a model leader and performer on the field and a model citizen off of it.

Stallworth, whose career has been a mixed bag since his standout performance of 2005, has a lot of work ahead of him. But there's something special happening in Baltimore and I think this is the right fit for him. My sense is, a few years from now, the Ravens' management will be mentioned in the same sentence as the Patriots' and Saints' coaches for their savvy acquisitions, scouting, and smart use of draft picks.

By Jason Maloni  |  February 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  | Category:  Baltimore Ravens , Crime , Donte Stallworth , Jason Maloni Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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