The Washington Redskins finally had enough of Jabar Gaffney and his off the field distractions. So today according to a report by ProFootballtalk.com, the Redskins officially released the receiver after exhausting every effort to trade him during the 2012 NFL Draft.
Although Gaffney came under fire within the organization for some of the controversial tweets that he posted on his twitter account recently, the reasons for his release have as much to do with football as his off field concerns, which likely just expedited his departure from the club.
During his time with the Redskins, Gaffney was a very productive player, starting all 16 games last season, his only one in Washington . However in his one season playing in the Nation’s capital, Gaffney led the team in receptions with 68 and yards with 947 as well as receiving touchdowns with five.
This offseason, the Redskins immediately went out and signed wide receiver Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan to big money contracts, adding two talented players to an already crowded positions that also features veteran Santana Moss, second-year player Leonard Hankerson, a third-round pick in the 2011 draft, Anthony Armstrong and 2011 fifth-round selection Niles Paul.
Therefore, the wide receiver positon would have been too crowded, meaning someone had to go and unfortunately for him, it ended up being Gaffney.
Yet, based on his play in Washington this past season, the former Florida product, who was originally selected in the second round by the Texans in the 2003 NFL Draft, should not have a problem finding a new home. In fact, there were rumors circulating that the New England Patriots were interested in trading for him a few weeks ago, yet there were never any reports to substantiate those rumirs.
However, Gaffney does have a previous relationship with current Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels from their time together in New England and Denver spanning from 2007-2010. So while he currently is out of a job, he should find a new home soon. Just don’t be shocked if that new home ends up being in New England.