The Washington Redskins are looking to trade wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and have told him not to report to any offseason workouts, according to Gaffney himself.
“I was very surprised,” Gaffney told the Washington Times’ John Keim. “I wanted nothing more than to play for the Redskins. I’m still looking forward to a great season with the Redskins, but I was told I don’t have to be up there now. I was told I’m being shopped around. That’s the only reason why I’m not at the voluntary workouts. I’m hoping it all blows over.”
It is not yet clear whether Washington’s decision to move Gaffney has anything to do with his latest Twitter rant (which, due to the profanity and nature of his Tweets, I will not spell out anything he said), but Gaffney claims his Twitter account was hacked, and it was not he who said some derogatory things about former Florida Gators teammate and family member, Lito Sheppard.
“I mean, it went from me still being a big part of the plans to I can look for a better situation,” Gaffney said. “That happened right after the Twitter. I’m not saying it did, maybe it was a coincidence. But it seems real funny. I tried to explain it wasn’t me on Twitter and it really wasn’t. It’s out of my hands. If they don’t want me around I’ll stay down here [in Florida] and continue to work out.”
Depending on how other teams view what Gaffney can still do on the field, he could still draw some interest in the league. The Redskins are planning on moving forward with Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson.
I am offering a bit of final advice to Gaffney, as well as the team who does acquire him via trade.
Either delete his Twitter account, or stress the importance of not pressing send. Sometimes, even 140 small characters can cause quite a considerable mess.