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Jabar Gaffney says the Redskins are trying to trade him

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Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney led the Redskins in most receiving categories last season, but he says the team doesn’t want him back in 2012.

In an interview with Chris Russell of ESPN 980 Radio on Wednesday, Gaffney said that he wants to remain with the team. The feeling doesn’t seem to be mutual as Gaffney said that Mike and Kyle Shanahan told him he didn’t need to report to work for the first two weeks of the offseason program. That timeframe would take him through the end of the draft, a period that would indicate what the Redskins are looking for in a deal.

“I want to be playing,” Gaffney said. “Unfortunately, it’s not going to be with the Redskins. They are trying to trade me.”

With Santana Moss still around, Leonard Hankerson expected back from a hip injury and the additions of Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan in free agency, the Redskins obviously feel they have a strong enough core at wide receiver to go without Gaffney. Gaffney made 68 catches for 947 yards last season, but few of those yards came after the catch and that’s a trait the Redskins are emphasizing this season.

Gaffney’s not sure it’s totally a football decision, though. He made some headlines last week when a series of ugly tweets about his ex-wife and free agent cornerback Lito Sheppard, his cousin, showed up on his Twitter account. Gaffney said was the result of the account being hacked, but it probably didn’t do him any favors within the organization.

Gaffney, who was acquired in a trade with Denver for defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon, could land the Redskins a late-round pick next week if they’re able to find a trading partner who doesn’t want to wait and see if Gaffney gets released.

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37 Responses to “Jabar Gaffney says the Redskins are trying to trade him”
  1. bigjdve says: Apr 18, 2012 3:41 PM


    I personally think that Gaffney would be a better possession receiver than Moss. However if they are looking to trade him, he actually might have more trade value than Moss.

  2. elmaxoh says: Apr 18, 2012 3:42 PM

    yup..Gotta leave the number 10 available for RG III !

  3. skinsrollyou says: Apr 18, 2012 3:46 PM

    Too bad. He is a decent receiver

  4. dv5454 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:47 PM

    Tom Brady loves him. There’s a glut of WR’s in New England, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Pats make low round or conditional offer.

  5. dcfan21 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:50 PM

    No Redskin WRs will have any YAC. Atleast not with Keenan McCardell as there WR coach. This guy based his whole career on catching and falling.

  6. jbcommonsense says: Apr 18, 2012 3:52 PM

    ”Gaffney… could land the Redskins a late-round pick….”

    I wonder. A 5th, 6th or 7th?

  7. blacknole08 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:53 PM

    Vikings could use him

  8. bigjdve says: Apr 18, 2012 3:55 PM

    Keenan McCardell wasn’t retained this year.

  9. randolph32 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    They’ll get nothing and like it…nothing but a Waiver claim.

  10. skinsfaninnebraska says: Apr 18, 2012 4:05 PM

    dcfan21 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:50 PM

    No Redskin WRs will have any YAC. Atleast not with Keenan McCardell as there WR coach. This guy based his whole career on catching and falling.


    Dude, McCardell is gone. They fired him after last season.

  11. undietaker says: Apr 18, 2012 4:07 PM

    Too bad we gave up a third round pick for Jarmon, got next to nothing from him, traded him for Gaffney, and now we’re going to end up with a 6th round pick

    3rd round pick for 1 season of 947 yards and a 6th round pick…*sigh

  12. rightwingguy says: Apr 18, 2012 4:08 PM

    Vikings have 3 4th rd picks, more than happy to give one up for him, we sure as hell could use him here.

  13. skinsfaninnebraska says: Apr 18, 2012 4:11 PM

    I don’t mind seeing Gaffney go. I hope they can get a draft pick for him. Shanahan has been pretty good at getting value for guys who everyone thought they’d have to release, i.e. McRibb and the Albert.

    Also, I love the hacked Twitter excuse. That’s a good one. You can vent and say whatever you want and then claim you were hacked, as if anyone would believe it and all will suddenly be forgiven.

    Shanahan is looking for character guys now. They’ve had enough of crap like this happening.

  14. sadskinsfan89 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:12 PM

    @dcfan21 hey bro Keenan isn’t the wr coach anymore. Follow ur team dude

  15. footballfanman says: Apr 18, 2012 4:21 PM

    dcfan21 says:

    No Redskin WRs will have any YAC. Atleast not with Keenan McCardell as there WR coach. This guy based his whole career on catching and falling.

    He’s not the receivers coach anymore, Ike Hilliard is the receivers coach. This happened a while back.

  16. crapboys says: Apr 18, 2012 4:29 PM

    it doesnt matter who the Skins WRs are. Theyre all gonna be catching bombs from RG3. Its gonna be an olympic track meet in that sorry stadium. Crackboys better watch out. Crackboys fans better bring some radioactive protective gear, cause RG3 is launching nukes in that stadium.

    mmm mmm good cooking on Turkey Day watching bombs drop on those losers with a star on their helmet!!!!

  17. samoanjungle says: Apr 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    The Bengals could use a #2 and we just so happen to have an extra 5th rd pick.

  18. EJ says: Apr 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    Buffalo is always looking to upgrade their receiving core, but the big problem is Gaffney isn’t any better than their current slot receiver David Nelson. He might be worth a 6th rounder if he leaves his baggage in D.C.

  19. jtchernak says: Apr 18, 2012 4:46 PM

    Would be a good fit back here in new England but I don’t think that bellichic is willing to get rid of another late round pick

  20. djbleedthestar says: Apr 18, 2012 4:52 PM

    Maybe the cowboys could get him as a good possesion reciever. Hes a vet and will have a chip on his shoulder when we play the redskins. ill take that

  21. tillihawk says: Apr 18, 2012 4:53 PM

    I really wanted Gaffney back… I think he is a much better WR than people give him credit for.. I would take no less than a 4th for him.

  22. somekat says: Apr 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    You could probably get a 4 for him, in a bubble. As is, everyone knows he is going to be gone, they will just wait until after the draft and grab him as a FA and keep the pick. A late 6th or 7th is possible from a team with a bunch of picks, but they will not get a 4th for him

  23. jcurran77 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    It must be a pretty slow sports day if people give a damn about this story.

  24. ampats says: Apr 18, 2012 5:04 PM

    After the Redskins waive him(their not getting anything better than a conditional pick) head on up I95 to Foxborough and ask for Tom & Bill.

  25. 6ball says: Apr 18, 2012 5:08 PM


    The Patriots took Haynesworth off your hands. Even if you gave Gaffney to New England, you’re still way ahead.


  26. hailskins4life says: Apr 18, 2012 5:12 PM

    Wish Gaffney the best. Solid and underrated WR. Just doesn’t fit the Skins plans. They want a young receiving corp to grow with RG3. Moss fills the role of the vet. Between Garcon, Morgan, Moss, Hankerson, Paul, Armstrong and Banks…they still have too many WRs on the roster without Gaffney. Also, cutting or trading Gaffney saves $2.5M in cap space. Thanks for last year Jabar and best of luck.

  27. ppc50 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:12 PM

    He would be a good fit in Dallas as their 3rd receiver and fill in if Austin or Dez gets hurt

  28. mikeyfresh25 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    Jets? They have a good relationship with the skins, he would be solid wr for sanchez

  29. kingjoe1 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:05 PM

    Who would trade for this crazy bum? Skins will cut him b4 the season anyway.

  30. skin94249 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    See ya, signed “Last Laugh Ex”

  31. bertilfox says: Apr 18, 2012 7:38 PM

    Belichick is going to trade his third rounder for Gaffney and a couple of lower picks, which he will then use to trade around the board in his usual maddening fashion, while I tear my hair out. Thanks, Bill!

  32. skinsdiehard says: Apr 18, 2012 7:40 PM

    dcfan21 says:
    Apr 18, 2012 3:50 PM
    No Redskin WRs will have any YAC. Atleast not with Keenan McCardell as there WR coach. This guy based his whole career on catching and falling.
    OMG!!! McCardell is not the WR coach…it’s Ike Hilliard! And your tag name is “dcfan” and you know nothing that is going on with the team?

  33. laxcoach37 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:35 PM

    He wont fetch anything better than a 5th rounder. Also, cracks me up to see all this Redskins bravado. Granted, RGIII will be a stud, but may never become an elite QB. (their is a difference: see Michael Vick)) He certainly wont bring an immediate Playoff berth. It could take years and may never happen at all, especially in a Division with Giants, Eagles and Cowboys all far superior. I feel real bad for Skins fans if RGIII is a bust… franchise is gone for a decade or more.

  34. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 18, 2012 9:20 PM

    What did Jabar do to tick off the Rat? His numbers were respectable last year; and RG3 is going to need all the weapons at WR he can get, given the fact that the Redskins RB stable is down to the ball boy and the ghost of Timmy Smith.

  35. londonfletcher says: Apr 19, 2012 11:38 AM

    “especially in a Division with Giants, Eagles and Cowboys all far superior”

    Really? You mean the Giants that we swept last year? I don’t care if they won the Super Bowl, they didn’t beat us to get there.

    and calling the Eagles and the Cowboys “Far superior” is just laughable in itself.

    I haven’t checked, are the Cowboys a “shoe in” for the SB again this year? Man, those guys are good…

  36. dikshuttle says: Apr 19, 2012 12:22 PM

    I think I want Jarmon back!

  37. flybirdhaters27 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    How is this even newsworthy? He’s garbage and so are the Skins. @londonfletcher…yes those teams above you are far superior considering you do not have a QB, haven’t made the playoffs in who knows how long and end up in the cellar every year of the division.

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