Veteran wide receiver Jabar Gaffney spent three straight seasons with the New England Patriots from 2006-2008, and he almost had a second stint with the Pats last year before being released just before the 53-man roster crunchdown. It seems like the Patriots aren’t done with adding wide receivers to the back-end of the 90-man roster, as they worked out former Indianapolis Colts slot guy Austin Collie. Now, the Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young reports that the New England Patriots are “very likely” working out Jabar Gaffney, as he is with the Patriots for minicamp.
Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth are the two best options for the New England Patriots, if their goal is to bring back a veteran wide receiver who is familiar with the team. I love Deion Branch, but he was absolutely putrid last season and showed his age. Stallworth, on the other hand, can still stretch the field and is very athletic, while Gaffney is a more solid bet to produce than both Branch and Stallworth.
The decision made by the Patriots to presumably work out Jabar Gaffney is a sudden one, and I just thought they would save that roster spot for Stallworth. Jeff Howe reported earlier this offseason that the New England Patriots and Stallworth still had mutual interest in getting a deal done later on in the offseason, and it is possible that it still materializes.
I want to hear how much Gaffney has left in the tank, so reports regarding today’s probable workout at Patriots minicamp are ones to watch for closely. Gaffney, 32, would be depth for the Patriots at wide receiver, and he did haul in 68 passes for 947 yards and five touchdowns in 16 productive games for the Washington Redskins in the 2011 season.