When yesterday began, Jabar Gaffney was a member of the Washington Redskins, but by the end of today, he will be a member of the New England Patriots.
Gaffney, who spent one season in Washington before being officially released Monday, has re-joined the New England Patriots according to the official twitter page of Greg Bedard, a reporter for the Boston Globe. The deal is reportedly for two-years, yet no financials are available.
The move should not come as a surprise, as Gaffney will re-unite with his former offensive coordinator in New England from 2007-08 and his head coach from 2009-10 with the Denver Broncos, Josh McDaniels.
Gaffney, a former second round pick by the Texans in the 2003 NFL Draft, is coming off a very productive season in Washington, where he led the Redskins with 68 receptions, 947 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He’s also been consistently good the past few years, with three straight seasons with at least 50 catches and 750 yards.
The only question about the addition of Gaffney is what it means for the rest of the offense. The Patriots already have Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman, Donte Stallworth, Anthony Gonzalez, Chad Ochocinco and Matthew Slater at receiver. That’s nine receivers with NFL experience counting the addition of the former florida product.
It seems like head coach Bill Belichick wants to get back a more balanced passing offense that opens things up more down the field, which explains the signing of Lloyd and Gaffney. Whatever the case, the Patriots are going to be tough to stop due to their dynamic tight end duo, coupled with their suddenly deep and talented group of wide outs.
FantasyPPR Analysis: Gaffney will make the team because of his relationship with McDaniels, the fact he knows the complex system and has been very productive the past few years, makes this a great signing for New England. Fantasy football owners should be aware of Gaffney but probably shouldn’t draft him. He’s a depth option, who can be a solid backup in PPR leagues. Figure him for around 50 catches, 600 yards and three touchdowns.