The Miami Dolphins aren’t the only team going after former New England Patriots wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, as the Oakland Raiders are also working him out, per a league source close to Pro Football Talk.
Gaffney, still recovering from a quad injury, would be a solid addition to the Raiders receiving corps. They have young talent, but they could use a veteran possession receiver to help mentor the current players, add some run blocking ability, and Gaffney can help a team move the chains consistently.
He has posted a 50-catch season in each of the past three years, including 68 catches last season for the Washington Redskins and 65 in 2010 for the Denver Broncos. Gaffney may be 31, but that doesn’t mean the former Florida Gator can’t catch. He is still one of the most consistent receivers in the game and added five touchdown receptions and 947 receiving yards on 13.9 yards per reception (875 yards in 2010).
A somewhat surprising early cut for the Pats, Gaffney was viewed by many to be the favorite to win the No. 3 receiver job for the team before being injured. He is still a No. 3 quality receiver for many other teams in the league and has not missed a game in five NFL seasons.
Since his days with the Houston Texans, Gaffney has always been a favorite of mine. He would like to return to the Patriots, but that isn’t feasible right now. The Dolphins will likely, as they should, go hard after him, so it will be interesting to see what comes of this workout with the Raiders and how things go forward between Gaffney and the AFC West squad. He would be their No. 3 receiver behind Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey and provides a great contrast to the youth, speed, and athleticism displayed by the receivers currently on the team (Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, and Juron Criner). Those guys are talented and have a lot of upside, but the Raiders could definitely use the experience and consistency that Gaffney brings to the table.
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