NFL Rumors: Where Will Free-Agent Receiver Jabar Gaffney Land?

John DegrooteCorrespondent IIMarch 29, 2017

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Washington Redskins celebrates his touchdown score against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Jabar Gaffney is the most coveted free-agent wide receiver left on the market. After being released by the Patriots Aug. 27, multiple teams have expressed interest in the 31-year-old receiver.

Gaffney last played with the Washington Redskins, and had his best year as a pro. He recorded 68 receptions for 947 yards and five touchdowns, all team highs.

Gaffney is not a player who will take any games over, but he is a hardworking veteran who would be a solid No. 3, or even No. 2 option.

Let's take a look at the three most likely landings spots for the veteran wide receiver.


Oakland Raiders

According to, Gaffney visited with the Raiders Wednesday afternoon.

Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey have begun to emerge as solid NFL receivers, but behind them there is not much for the Raiders to rely on.

The Raiders are one injury away from having Jacoby Ford or Juron Criner in the starting wide receiver position. Gaffney would be welcomed as a No. 3 receiver.

The acquisition of Gaffney could allow the Raiders to move the speedy Heyward-Bey into the slot, who along with Ford would be a lethal combination in a four-receiver set. 


Miami Dolphins

You don't have to watch HBO's Hard Knocks to know that the Dolphins are extremely thin at wide receiver. Gaffney worked out for the Dolphins Monday, according to

Davone Bess and Brian Hartline are currently listed as the team's top options at receiver, but behind them the names on the depth chart are ones that even the most knowledgeable NFL fan probably doesn't know.  

If Gaffney were to sign with the Dolphins, he would come in as the No. 1 receiver.

With a rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins are in desperate need of veteran wide receiver presence. Gaffney proved last year that he can produce when given the targets—and he would get a lot of targets in the Dolphins offense.


New England Patriots

Gaffney was a bit of a surprise cut by the New England Patriots, considering the team is very thin at the wide receiver position. Gaffney was rumored to be hampered by an injury during his preseason in New England, and this was the reason for him being let loose.

While Gaffney has visited with Miami and Oakland, his preference would be to play in an offense with Tom Brady throwing him the ball.

Also, he has his best chance to win a championship in New England. That is highly unlikely in either Miami or Oakland.

Gaffney would fit in at the No. 3 wide receiver spot with the Patriots, playing behind Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker. Gaffney played in New England from 2006-08, so he would be a target that Brady is familiar with and could rely on in big games.

If Gaffney signs with a team before Week 1, his base salary will be guaranteed. Given this fact, many teams may be holding off on Gaffney until after the first game of the season.