As expected, the Browns terminated Stallworth’s contract Monday, the same day he was reinstated by the NFL after his season-long suspension without pay for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk. The move ends the Browns’ unfortunate experience with Stallworth, who was signed by former General Manager Phil Savage to a seven-year, $35 million contract in 2008, with almost $10 million guaranteed.
Stallworth’s ordeal began March 14, when he struck and killed Florida pedestrian Mario Reyes while driving drunk. The accident came one day after Stallworth earned his second $4.5 million bonus from the Browns.
Stallworth was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .126 — well above Florida’s legal limit of .08. He was convicted of DUI manslaughter and served 24 days of his 30-day jail sentence. He also reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the Reyes family, believed to be the bulk of the $4.5 million bonus.
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