Tyler Gaffney returning to football, signing with Patriots

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In 2018, Tyler Gaffney retired from football to go chase a baseball dream. Almost exactly three years later, Gaffney is returning to football.

The running back is signing with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Gaffney, 30, retired from baseball in March 2019 after hitting .194 in 51 games for Class AA Altonna as a member of the Pirates’ farm system.

Gaffney, a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2014, has never played a down in the NFL. But he won two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Patriots, spending 2014 on injured reserve and 2016 on the practice squad.

The Jaguars placed Gaffney on injured reserve in 2017.

17 responses to “Tyler Gaffney returning to football, signing with Patriots

  1. But the Jaguars are wasting a roster spot with Tebow right Florio? It’s a publicity stunt right? So this Patriots signing of an NFL player who left to minor league baseball years ago must only be for publicity too. Are all those Tyler Gaffney jerseys bought out yet?

  2. Adds depth to a very crowded, very exciting Patriots running game.

    Easily could be the best rushing/clock killIng team in the NFL this year, with both the most rushing yards and the most rushing touchdowns.

  3. Talented Running back when healthy

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    All players in this league are talented. Former 6th rounder who is 30 and has never played a down in the NFL. Not sure what BB is doing here.

  4. A guy who has not been in the NFL for years and has been playing minor league baseball? Time to mock this as a business move, yes?

  5. weswelker83 says:
    May 20, 2021 at 4:06 pm
    Adds depth to a very crowded, very exciting Patriots running game.

    Easily could be the best rushing/clock killIng team in the NFL this year, with both the most rushing yards and the most rushing touchdowns.

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    “BB can’t find talent”

    lol

    Gaffney won’t make the team, but it’s a cool story.

  6. Easily could be the best rushing/clock killIng team in the NFL this year, with both the most rushing yards and the most rushing touchdowns.

    It off season so these fantasy’s are ok, but you fanboy are such dreamers.

  7. godnollid16 says:
    May 20, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    But the Jaguars are wasting a roster spot with Tebow right Florio? It’s a publicity stunt right? So this Patriots signing of an NFL player who left to minor league baseball years ago must only be for publicity too. Are all those Tyler Gaffney jerseys bought out yet?

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    Sadly & pathetically…I think you’re serious.
    Your Tebow “fanboy-ism” has you drowning in false equivalency.
    Gaffney hasn’t been out of the league for 9 years and he’s not coming back to play a different position that he’s never played before.
    What’s the matter with you people?

  8. All players in this league are talented. Former 6th rounder who is 30 and has never played a down in the NFL. Not sure what BB is doing here.

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    It means that one or two of RB don’t look good now.

  9. Seems like a Tebowesque kinda favor Belichek is doing for someone he was fond of.

    Par for the course, New England isn’t talented or relevant. But they will continue to a team to follow until BB hangs em up.

    Regardless, The Patriots are now 4th in the AFCE in terms of interest.

  10. William Lee says:
    May 20, 2021 at 4:48 pm
    All players in this league are talented. Former 6th rounder who is 30 and has never played a down in the NFL. Not sure what BB is doing here.

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    It means that one or two of RB don’t look good now.

    If he makes it as far as training camp, I’ll be surprised. Then again, he may be just a camp body.

  11. Hey we need you to take this ball and run into that pile of huge guys, kinda feels like a car crash.

    You can never have too many of those.

  12. You can make a good living on a practice squad and enough to get by during training camp. It’s definitely worth shooting for even if you don’t make the final roster.

  13. Could fill that burkhead role if he could stay healthy I wont hold my breath tho. I will say I said the same about Dion Lewis and he was good for a stretch you never know.

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