Patriots bring back WR Gaffney

Posted May 02, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Two days after being released by the Redskins, Jabar Gaffney will rejoin his former coordinator and team and sign with the Patriots.

Gaffney texted ESPN’s Josina Anderson to confirm he was joining the Pats. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported he will sign a two-year deal.

Gaffney played in New England from 2006-08, totaling 85 catches for 1,059 yards and eight touchdown catches. He began his career with the Texans, where he played from 2002-05.

Gaffney followed Josh McDaniels to Denver and had two productive seasons with the Broncos in ’09 and ’10. With the Redskins last season, Gaffney played in 16 games with 15 starts and had 68 catches for 947 yards and five touchdowns.

The way we see it

Gaffney joins a crowded receiving corps in New England. Wes Welker has not signed his franchise tag, so this does add extra insurance. The Pats also added Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte’ Stallworth in free agency to compete with Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco and Julian Edelman on the WR depth chart. Gaffney is familiar with the offense, McDaniels and Tom Brady, which should give the 31-year-old a leg up.