The New Orleans Saints already have a pretty complete group of wide receivers, headed by Marques Colston, Devery Henderson, and Lance Moore.
Not to mention they took receiver Nick Toon in the fourth round of this years draft — the son of former Jets Pro Bowl wide receiver Al Toon.
Then there is Jimmy Graham, perhaps the leagues best pass catching tight end, and the versatile David Thomas — who has proven an effective weapon in the Saints offense if he can stay healthy.
Fifth year receiver Adrian Arrington also could have a more prominent role in the offense now that Robert Meachem is no longer with the team.
Youngsters Joseph Morgan and Andy Tanner are on the roster, as is speedy specials teams ace Courtney Roby, who recently re-signed to return for a sixth NFL season.
Needless to say weapons are plentiful, but beyond Colston, Henderson, Moore, and Graham the effectiveness of any of the above mentioned receivers is questionable.
For this reason the Saints may want to add a proven veteran presence to the mix.
The Washington Redskins just released veteran wide receiver Jabar Gaffney after his one and only season with Mike Shanahan and company.
He posted career best marks in receptions (68) and yards (947) in 2011. He also tied his career high for touchdown grabs with five.
What stands out about Gaffney’s numbers is that the entire NFL was coming off a lockout and an abbreviated off-season in which he had little time to learn the offense.
But even more impressive is he posted such a nice stat line with Rex Grossman and John Beck throwing him the ball.
Imagine what he can accomplish inside an offense as polished as the Saints, and with a quarterback as good as Drew Brees.
It’s reasonable that Gaffney, even after ten years in the league, has enough in the tank to be successful still today.
New Orleans offense is at it’s best when it can spread out opposing defenses with multiple receiver packages. It’s critical that each and every player on the filed can catch well.
He could fit right in and contribute, and that’s worth taking a look if your the Saints.
Gaffney was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos.
Washington went out and signed Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan this past off season, making Gaffney a disposable commodity in the eyes of the Redskins.
There where also rumors of failed trade attempts, leaving Washington no choice but to cut him.
In his ten years in the league Gaffney has caught 443 passes for 5,622 yards and 24 tochdowns.