The Washington Redskins have released wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, according to a league source. Gaffney had the best season of his career in 2011, catching 68 passes for 947 yards and he also added five touchdowns. However, he wasn’t very consistent and the Redskins have now decided to part ways with Gaffney.
This move clears up about $2.65 million in salary, giving the Redskins a little more wiggle room after they were already sanctioned by the NFL earlier this offseason. The Redskins didn’t need to keep Gaffney on board after they committed nearly $30 million in guaranteed money to new receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. Washington decided to give new franchise quarterback Robert Griffin some new weapons to help him adjust to the NFL.
Also, the fact that Gaffney had an outrageous Twitter rant in April didn’t help his case either. During the rant, Gaffney stated that he had “beef” with some players in the NFL, but later claimed that his account had, in fact, been hacked and that he didn’t post those messages on his Twitter account. Might be true, might not, but it’s unfortunate nonetheless.
Gaffney, 31, should draw interest from a couple of teams, and he already drew interest from the New England Patriots earlier this offseason. However, the Patriots decided to retain Chad Ochocinco and also signed Brandon Lloyd.
At 31, Gaffney still has a couple of years of football left in him and he could be a veteran presence on a team with a young receiving corps such as the Cincinnati Bengals. We all know the Bengals have no problem taking on somebody that’s had character issues or off-field trouble.
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