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A Second Glance At The Trade For Jabar Gaffney

Posted by Brian Tinsman on July 27, 2011 – 3:26 pm

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When the Redskins swapped reserve defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon for wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, they dealt from a position of strength to fill a need.

Here’s what it means…

For Jeremy Jarmon:

Jarmon is young and talented and will have a chance to make the Redskins regret trading him.  But at 6-3, 286 pounds, he was undersized for the 3-4 scheme and was not tabbed to make the transition to outside linebacker.  In his career, Jarmon only appeared in 16 games over two years, with five appearances and zero starts under Shanahan.  In 2010 he was credited with only six tackles and was not a factor on special teams.  While we will never know what could have happened had he stayed, he was unlikely to have add value to the team by staying and was doubtful to make the roster.

In Denver he will be reunited with the 4-3 scheme and will have a better opportunity to be an impact player.  All the best of luck to him.

For Defensive Ends:

The team drafted Jarvis Jenkins in the second round of this year’s draft, and he fits the prototypical build of a 3-4 end.  He’s likely to see playing time this year and could prove to be a major factor going into the future.  He’s a Shanahan guy that the coaching staff can train from the ground up, and on the current roster he has a chance to start.

With the subtraction of Jarmon, it appears likely that the Redskins will address the position via free agency or trade.  The team has been linked to various free agents in the offseason, but the drafting strategy of the team indicates that the team is getting younger.  If the staff feels that Jenkins or other veterans on the roster are ready to step into a starting role, they could sit on this position and wait for players to develop.  The team also has the opportunity to bring back free agent Kedric Golston to help share the responsibilities.

For Jabar Gaffney:

This is a position in transition on the Redskins roster.  With the team adding three wide receivers in the draft and exploring options in free agency, this could be one of many moves in the next few weeks addressing the position.  Despite recently playing for Houston and Denver, Gaffney has never played for either Kyle or Mike Shanahan (missing Kyle in Houston by a year and missing Mike in Denver by a year), so there is no personal track record.   His 2010 stats in Denver would have made him the second-most productive receiver on the Redskins behind Santana Moss.  Over the course of his career he’s shown the ability stretched the field for his offense and brings good size to the position.  At age 30, he’s still in his physical prime and has a chance to start for the Redskins in 2011 and beyond.


This is a minor, but good trade for the Redskins because they’re able to subtract what they can’t use for something they can.  There is no guarantee that Gaffney will be a factor in the Redskins offense, but it was almost certain that Jarmon would not.  Gaffney brings a veteran presence to the position and a legitimate, consistent down-field target.

This trade certainly maximized the value of a reserve defensive lineman.

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16 Responses to “A Second Glance At The Trade For Jabar Gaffney”

  1. By lujo202 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Well said Brian. You pick up a possible and give-away a non-factor. Regardless, the opponents will have to respect the WR’s where they didn’t last year and you cannot double team all those veterans, someone will be open if Beck can find them.

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I believe the mantra goes, “you can never have too many playmakers.” Lots of issues to address still, but it’s a plus move

  3. By pes despenser on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    So much for the youth movement at WR. Looks like some talented young speedsters are going to be cut. The win “now” didn’t work last year so I guess the new thinking is, okay, winnnn “NOW”. What about the o-line? That’s where it all starts at and it looks the same as last year. Not to mention if Big Albert gets cut the d-line is looking a little light which is something that has killed the Eagles. I really liked the draft but this free agency has me worried..

  4. By Randy on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    There were OLs available. What’s going on at Redskins park that everyone is in denial? The OL needs to be fixed. In a town that housed one of the most famous OLs in NFL history, how have we come to this point?
    Bring in more talent for the offensive line. Fix the line!

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Free agency technically hasn’t even started yet, and sometimes the market develops in different ways. Lots of good OL still out there, so stay tuned-

  6. By larry mckee on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    it does not matter what kind of wr you have if your qb is on his back .need to upgrade o line

  7. By john on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Amen, Larry– the best receivers in the world won’t do us any good if our ofensive line cannot give the QB any time to throw. That, and if the Skins would learn to pick up a blitz–then they might move the ball thru the air.

  8. By Skinsjoy on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Also won’t matter if we don’t have a QB that would start on any other team.

  9. By pes despenser on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    and now ANOTHER wr?!?!? are you kidding me??? Brandon Stokley??? Really??? Shanahan what the bleep are you doing???

  10. By pez despenser on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    From Riggo’s Rag

    Just heard, CB Josh Wilson will join the Redskins. The running joke now is someone will have to help cover the 13 wide receivers in practice.

  11. By B.A. on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This has been one of the craziest days in recent memory. Looks like we’re gonna have a serious training camp battle at wide receiver. And we’re not done yet, I do anticipate the Skins making some moves on both lines, I hear good things about Cullen Jenkins and we obviously need at least one guard.

    Keep up the good work B.T.

  12. By Scharrison on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Come on Shanahan..Your still in luv w/ Denver. I agree pes despenser. We need OL now. Not happy at all with this thought process..

  13. By Brian Tinsman on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t say that I know his strategy right now, but he does have 90 roster spots for camp. Lots of time to go rustle up some big boys

  14. By Mitch Neuberger on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Free agency another frenzy for COACH MIKE . Giving S. Moss $ 15 m for 3 years. Why ? J. Gaffney, B. Stokley . I guess those young guys might make the practice squad. Good things about Cornerback from Ravens he picked up. I just want to see how many of these 12 draft picks make the roster. Want to see Rob Jackson given real chance. NO R. McIntosh, P. Daniels, P.Buchanon please. Trading picks for D.McNabb and J. Brown. I hope he learned his lesson. Is Barry Cofield a NT ?

  15. By Drewmaican on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I really think our Redskins,did a good job signing a few talents!! But I’m still worrying about our QB situation,I’ll trust coach Shanahan,he’s a Superbowl winning coach.

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