BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots’ wide receivers are going to have to make room for one more.
Recently released wideout Jabar Gaffney agreed to a two-year deal to rejoin the New England Patriots, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, who reports it is a two-year deal.
Gaffney was released by Washington this week after posting career highs and leading the team in receptions and receiving yards last season.
In New England, he’ll be reunited with Tom Brady, who sang the receiver’s praises earlier this year before the Patriots faced the Redskins.
“Jab could do everything well,” Brady told reporters prior to the Patriots’ trip to Washington. “He’s got good size, he’s got long arms, he’s got good speed, he’s got good quickness, he plays every position, he’s smart. He’s just one of those guys that, from the day we got him here, he was just so reliable and dependable because he knew what to do and he did it well. You gain a lot of trust from the quarterback when all those things match up. I was bummed when he went to Denver and I was bummed when he went to Washington and here we are playing them.”
Gaffney will also be reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was Gaffney’s head coach in Denver in 2009 and ’10, when Gaffney ascended to a bigger role than the one he had in McDaniels’ offense in New England.
The 31-year-old Gaffney will have competition, though, as the Patriots’ receiving corps currently includes Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Donte Stallworth, Chad Ochocinco, Anthony Gonzalez, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman, Tiquan Underwood, seventh-round draft pick Jeremy Ebert and undrafted free agent Matt Roark.