Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday he has not ruled out the possibility of wide receiver Jabar Gaffney remaining with the Washington Redskins.
“I can’t tell you at this time what’s going to happen,” Shanahan said at his pre-draft news conference at Redskins Park.
Gaffney said last week that he expected to be traded or released by the Redskins. But Shanahan said Wednesday it’s possible that Gaffney will stay with the Redskins to compete for playing time.
Shanahan said he gave Gaffney the option to explore opportunities with other teams after the Redskins added free agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan .
“I believe I owe it to him to give him a chance to look around the league and check his options,” Shanahan said.
Gaffney’s recent well-publicized outburst on Twitter was not a factor in the decision, Shanahan said.
Gaffney said last week he hoped to remain with the Redskins.
Shanahan also said he has made no promises to veteran place kicker Neil Rackers about the Redskins’ kicking job next season. Rackers told a Houston television station Tuesday that he has agreed to a one-year contract with the Redskins to compete with Graham Gano for the kicking job in D.C.
Shanahan confirmed Wednesday that Rackers, who most recently was with the Houston Texans, will challenge Gano.
Shanahan said the Redskins remain interested in re-signing free agent running back Tim Hightower.