Dec. 18, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney (10) runs with the ball as New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara (20) gives chase during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Is WR Jabar Gaffney Right for the Dolphins?

Yesterday, the highly advertised offseason acquisitions of Donte’ Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney by New England came to an end.  Both were cut as part of the Patriots roster trim to 75 players.

Donte’ Stallworth has a troubled past with the law and likely would be a good fit with the “high character” team requirements of Joe Philbin.  However, is WR Jabar Gaffney right for the Dolphins?

Jabar Gaffney will be 32 years old in December.  He played college ball with the University of Florida and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.  In 10 NFL seasons, Gaffney has played for Houston, New England, Denver, and Washington.  He has played relatively injury free missing only 5 games during the 2006-2007 season for the Patriots.

Last season, Gaffney started all 16 games for the Redskins catching passes from John Beck and Rex Grossman.  He had 68 receptions for 947 yards (13.9 yards per reception including 2.9 YAC) and 5 TDs — not bad considering who was throwing the football.

In 2010-2011, Gaffney started all 16 games for the Broncos catching passes from Kyle Orton.  He was paired with Brandon Lloyd and had 65 receptions for 875 yards (13.5 yards per reception including 3.3 YAC) and 2 TDs.

It is interesting that the acquisition Jabar Gaffney by New England made Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson expendable this past offseason.  Gaffney would fit well into the West Coast Offense of the Dolphins as one of its top four receivers — he could be a better alternative to Legedu Naanee as a #2 receiver.  He would definitely be an good insurance policy, if Brian Hartline cannot return in time for the regular season, possibly being the Dolphins #1 receiver.

However, Gaffney was sidelined in the last two New England preseason games with a quad injury.  This likely contributed to his release.  It is probably worthwhile for the Dolphins to bring him in for at least a medical evaluation.  If he clears the physical, it would be an easy and fruitful “acorn” to pickup.


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