Broncos trade WR Gaffney to Redskins for DT Jarmon

Posted July 27, 2011 @ 3 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

On Wednesday, the Broncos traded WR Jabar Gaffney to the Redskins for DE-DT Jeremy Jarmon.

Gaffney, who signed a four-year, $10 million contract prior to the 2009 campaign, finished second among Broncos receivers in both receptions (65) and yardage (875) last season.

Jarmon, 23, has two years of NFL experience, both of which came in Washington. He has seven tackles in his career.

The way we see it

The Broncos were already deep at receiver, giving the team the ability to ship away their second-most productive wideout in order to address a position of need. Gaffney's absence will allow players such as Eric Decker to receive more playing time and open the door for second-year WR Demaryius Thomas to play a larger role upon his return from an Achilles tendon injury.

Jarmon will likely be part of the Broncos defensive tackle rotation as the team continues to prepare to shift to a 4-3 defense. Jarmon was miscast as a 3-4 end in Washington, but he figures to play the three-technique in the Broncos' defense, similar to the role he played in college at Kentucky. It's a low-risk, potentially high-reward move, acquiring the former third-round supplemental pick who never got much of a chance in Washington.

The Redskins add more size to their WR position, as well as speed. With expected starting QB John Beck lacking great arm strength, the team has sought out fast receivers who can make yards after the catch. Gaffney flourished at times in the short passing game in New England and Denver.