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Jabar Gaffney reaches deal with New England Patriots

It didn’t take long for Jabar Gaffney to find work.

A day after he was released by the Washington Redskins, the veteran wide receiver has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots, a person with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday.

Gaffney, who is entering his 11th season, spent three years with the Patriots (2006-08) before playing two seasons in Denver and one in Washington.

The Redskins considered him expendable after signing free agent receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. The emergence of second-year receiver Leonard Hankerson also gave the team reason to believe it doesn’t need Gaffney.

The 6-2, 200-pound Gaffney led the Redskins with 68 catches for 947 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Last month Gaffney expressed confidence that he could regroup and produce at a high level elsewhere.

“My numbers have gotten better four straight years,” he said. “I work hard and just come out every week and try to help my team win. I’ll keep doing that.”

Gaffney appeared to have a very public meltdown on Twitter last month. He later said his account was hacked and that he would delete it.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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