Washington Redskins

NFL Rumors: Redskins Predictably Shopping WR Jabar Gaffney

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 11:  Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterApril 19, 2012

Jabar Gaffney led the Washington Redskins in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns last season.

His reward? A move to a new team, be it by trade or release, as Gaffney told ESPN 980:

"I want to be playing (in 2012 and with the Redskins) Unfortunately, it's not going to be with the Redskins. They are trying to trade me."

At first glance, the supposed decision seems somewhat strange. After all, the 'Skins will need all the help they can at wide receiver once they likely welcome in Robert Griffin III at quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Then again, Mike Shanahan went out and spent a ton of money to upgrade the pass-catching corps with the likes of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, making Gaffney somewhat expendable.

Especially in light of a recent Twitter snafu, in which Gaffney (or, as he claims, a hacker) went on a tirade berating free-agent cornerback Lito Sheppard and his own wife, 140 characters at a time.

Whether that was actually Gaffney's fault or not, having such a close attachment to a public relations gaffe of that sort can't have helped the Florida alum's cause in the Beltway.

As such, the 'Skins will hope to trade him prior to next week's draft, ideally swapping his productivity and relatively modest salary ($2.65 million for 2012) for a mid-to-late-round pick. If that fails, Washington will likely cut him loose.

Or, perhaps the Shanaclan will wake up one morning and realize that they ought to keep their most productive target if they can't find any takers. RG3 may be a franchise-defining talent, but he won't succeed in the NFL without a solid slew of receivers around to catch his passes.

Chances are, though, that Gaffney won't be around to see that day, thanks to the wonders and blunders of the internet.

 

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