The Miami Dolphins are looking to pick-up a released New England Patriots receiver, and they have worked out Jabar Gaffney. The Dolphins are also taking a close look at Donte’ Stallworth, with either player being the preferred addition for the AFC East squad.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus expects one of the two to sign with the Dolphins soon, and the team certainly has huge holes at the wide receiver position. Even signing one of those veterans isn’t going to help them much.
Although Gaffney wants to re-sign with the New England Patriots, it looks like that is no longer an option. The Pats acquired Greg Salas in a trade with the St. Louis Rams, and Deion Branch beat out both Stallworth and Gaffney in the wide receiver competition. Branch would also like to re-sign with the Patriots, and that is expected to happen soon as his locker is still in place.
Gaffney is a solid possession receiver who can definitely clear 50 catches in a season if given the opportunity, but the Dolphins have a bigger need for a potential downfield threat. Stallworth can be that guy with his surprising speed and athleticism for that age, but he is, as we saw, an inconsistent receiver who drops the ball too much.
In the end, Gaffney is the more talented receiver than Stallworth, but Stallworth fits the Dolphins need for a faster receiver more. In the end, the Dolphins are better off going with the better player and should pick Gaffney over Stallworth. Those two guys are easily their best choices in a barren market for wide receivers.
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