For the two or three people imagining a RG3 to Gaffney touchdown combo, it appears that your dream has been shattered. The Redskins announced the release of Gaffney this morning, their most productive wide receiver in 2011.
His agent had requested permission to seek a trade prior to the draft and the team granted it, but no match could be made.
Gaffney led the Redskins last season with 947 yards, 68 catches and five touchdowns and his release frees up $2.65 million against Washington’s salary cap this season.
When Griffin was assigned the jersey number 10 this week, it was a foregone conclusion that this would happen. Especially after the signing of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan over the free agency period. But his twitter rant a few weeks ago probably didn’t help matters.
In said rant, he claimed all kinds of innuendos about his soon-to-be ex-wife. He later suggested that his twitter account had been hacked.
But to think this is the reason for his release is probably inaccurate. In fact, Gaffney himself doesn’t think it was the reason.
“I just heard. I just talked to Mike Shanahan. He said I was going to be making too much, and that they wanted to see what the other players can do. He said there is a chance I can come back, but he said it would be for around the minimum because I wouldn’t be the starter anymore. I am not interested in going from being their leading receiver to being third-string, and having my number taken from me. That is pretty much telling me that I am not going to be making the team. Now Drew Rosenhaus can start talking to other teams to find me a new home.”
While perceived as a knucklehead, Gaffney is only 31 and still has some ability. He’ll pick up elsewhere, but likely to a team with a ringmaster style of head coach. Don’t rule out a reunion with the Patriots or even a stint with the Bengals, who don’t care about what you do off the field.
Regardless, Gaffney knows he’ll be picked up elsewhere and has only this to say to potential suitors; “They’re gonna get a guy that does nothing but work hard, and will come in and make plays.”