CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Washington Redskins makes a catch against Charles Godfrey #30 of the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Jabar Gaffney Trade Rumors: Former Redskins Wide Receiver Signs With New England Patriots

The Redskins' leading receiver in 2011 will not be with the team in 2012.

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Jabar Gaffney Signs With New England Patriots

The Washington Redskins released Jabar Gaffney on Tuesday, their leading wide receiver from the 2011 NFL season. Gaffney was made expendable by the Redskins signings in free agency and looked apparent when the Redskins gave Robert Griffin III Gaffney's number instantly. It didn't take long for Gaffney to find a new team to play for however, as he has signed with the New England Patriots.

Gaffney's deal will be for two-years according to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, but the financials of the deal have not yet been disclosed.

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Redskins Release Wide Receiver Jabar Gaffney, According To Report

Leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins made some efforts to trade wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, even allowing him to contact other teams to see if he could find a suitable deal. A trade did not materialize, and as a result, the Redskins have released Gaffney on Tuesday morning.

Gaffney was the Redskins leading receiver last year and enjoyed somewhat of a career resurgence after a few down years. He had 68 receptions for 947 yards and five touchdowns, and was the only real threat on the outside for much of the season. But with the additions of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, and the hopeful return of Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson, Gaffney found himself as an expensive option who was on the outside looking in.

And besides, the team already gave his No. 10 to Robert Griffin III.

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Jabar Gaffney Trade Rumors: Mike Shanahan Says Depth, Not Twitter, Is The Reason Gaffney Is On Trading Block

ASHBURN, Va - Mike Shanahan spoke for the first time publicly since Jabar Gaffney told media outlets that the Washington Redskins are trying to trade him.

Here's what Shanahn had to say about why he team is looking to trade their leading receiver from last season:

"Anytime you sign a guy like Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan and you got a guy like Leonard Hankerson that - even though he played one game - we really think he has an upside. [When] you have a guy that really played as well and as hard as a guy like Jabar Gaffney did last year, [with] almost a thousand yards and he came in and played exceptionally well, I believe I owe it to him to give him a chance to look around the league to check his options. He's a veteran player who gave me everything that he had last year, and had a heck of a year. But he also understands that we've got three guys that we've signed, relative to Hankerson, Morgan and Pierre Garcon that we're looking to come in here and play a significant role. So I wanted him and his agent to have a chance to take a look and [see] if there's a better situation for him in the National Football League."

When asked about whether or not Gaffney's Twitter tirade was the main cause for his pending departure:

"I have not really got into detail about [the Twitter incident]. I know he was very troubled about it. I'm not going to go through our conversation. But he was very upset with what happened with Twitter. That was not the deciding factor."

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Jabar Gaffney Trade Rumors: Receiver Says Redskins 'Are Pretty Much Telling Me That Myself Or Santana Moss Are Going To Have To Go.'

The shopping of Jabar Gaffney has quickly developed into something of a saga. While Gaffney remains at his Florida home working out, he's obviously not too busy to take phone calls from reporters. Having just spoken to the Washington Examiner''s John Keim, Gaffney also spoke to ESPN's Josina Anderson Wednesday. Here's what he had to say.

I talked to Mike Shanahan myself. He is the one that told me I don't have to come up there until two weeks from now when they start installing the offense. So that is why I'm not at voluntary workouts. I am working out in Florida now though. Shanahan told me that I can take this time and let my agent see if he can find a better situation for me. So they are pretty much telling me that myself or Santana Moss are going to have to go. I want people to know that I told Shanahan myself that I want to be a Redskin, but if I can't then of course there are options I would like.

According to Anderson, Gaffney has specified New England and Denver as places where he might like to be traded, if it comes to that.

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Jabar Gaffney Trade Rumors: Redskins Receiver Says Team Is Trying To Trade Him

Could the Redskins be looking to trade a bright spot from last year's roster to help give them more draft picks? Does Jabar Gaffney's recent actions on twitter have anything to do with this?

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