Redskins trade DE Jeremy Jarmon to Denver for WR Jabar Gaffney

The Redskins front office – and all of us scribes who write about/cover this team — have certainly not taken the day off today.

Per Adam Schefter (via Twitter):

Filed to ESPN: Broncos traded WR Jabar Gaffney to Washington for DE Jeremy Jarmon.

Once the Redskins moved to the 3-4 defense under Mike Shanahan and Jim Haslett, Jarmon was someone who found himself as an odd man out in a defense that he didnt fit in. A supplemental draft pick in 2009, Jarmon had a lot of potential as a 4-3 defensive end (under the previous coaching regime), but didn’t really find a place in the new scheme. Still, at only 23 years old and only going into his third season in the NFL, it’s tough to see a player with great upside like Jarmon leave.

Gaffney is a bit of a journeyman veteran at receiver, now playing for his fourth team in six years. He averaged just over 800 yards receiving and two touchdowns per season during his two seasons in Denver, and his 875 yards receiving last year were a career high.

He’ll now join a suddenly very-crowded receiving corps that includes the newly-resigned Santana Moss, the newly acquired Donte Stallworth, Anthony Armstrong, Malcolm Kelly, Brandon Banks, and Terrance Austin, in an addition to rookies Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul, and Aldrick Robinson. Considering most teams carry five, maybe (but rarely) six receivers onto their regular season roster – with Moss, Armstrong, and Hankerson essentially guaranteed three of those spots – it will be worth seeing whether Gaffney makes the opening day roster over either some of 2011 draft picks, or some of the younger incumbent receivers. Remember than Shanahan went with veteran guys like Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams last year, over a draft pick like Austin.


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