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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