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Donte' Stallworth is a man of many pursuits. But when it came to being pursued in free agency, Stallworth wanted a suitor that could provide more than just the most cash; he wanted a team that had a wealth of talent as well.

Stallworth, who became a free agent when the Patriots elected not to pick up $8 million in roster bonuses, landed in the land of Lake Erie, LeBron James, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, catching on with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns went 10-6 last season — their best record since being reincarnated in Cleveland in 1999 - and narrowly missed the playoffs. After adding Stallworth, who signed a seven-year, $35 million deal, and reinforcing the interior of its 3-4 defense by trading for space-eaters Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams, coach Romeo Crennel's crew appears ready to challenge for AFC North supremacy, and maybe more.

The NFL thinks so. Cleveland is slated to make five prime-time appearances this year.

"I've been kind of joking with Randy [Moss] and some of the guys that the road to the Super Bowl goes through Cleveland," said Stallworth, who said he turned down more money from a noncontender.


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