New England Patriots: Jabar Gaffney Rumors Follow Failed Reggie Wayne Signing

Aaron DodgeAnalyst IMarch 16, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13:  Jabar Gaffney #10 of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown catch in the final seconds of the first half against the New York Jets on November 13, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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There may now be an explanation for the lack of the highly anticipated Brandon Lloyd signing.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe confirms the New England Patriots were in on free agent wideout Reggie Wayne before he ultimately chose to re-sign in Indianapolis with the Colts. Wayne was expected to seek an alternative area code as a result of the grand roster remodeling currently being conducted by Colts owner Jim Irsay.

The two sides unexpectedly reached a three-year, $17.5 million agreement earlier this week, a deal that should keep a horseshoe on Wayne's helmet for the remainder of his career.

With Wes Welker, Chad Ochocinco and Julian Edelman as the only three under contract at the position, the Patriots interest in Wayne was quite logical. It's clear to see that Wayne chose the larger financial deal here though because there's no way New England would have paid him more than $8-10 million total.

So the search wears on for the elusive outside receiver that has been so heavily discussed this offseason.

One possibility to keep in mind is a reunion between Jabar Gaffney and the Patriots. Tom Curran of Comcast Sports Net reported the team is "likely" to offer him a contract if he's released from the Washington Redskins.

That move may soon become more likely with the recent free agent additions made by the team.

Washington has brought in Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan already and had serious talks with Eddie Royal. It appears wide receiver is a position of priority for them this offseason and that may make Gaffney expendable at some point.

Unlike Deion Branch, since leaving New England, Gaffney has enjoyed quite a bit of success. Since 2009 he's averaged 62 receptions for 851 yards over three seasons. Gaffney also added nine touchdown receptions, one more than the amount he had racked up during his first stint with the Patriots.

Then again, a Brandon Lloyd signing may be imminent, but the longer this drags out, the more one has to question why a deal hasn't happened yet.

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