The Washington Times - May 1, 2012, 11:11AM

The Redskins have released Jabar Gaffney, their most productive wide receiver last season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Washington granted Gaffney permission to seek a trade prior to the draft, but no deal materialized. He was scheduled to count $2.65 million against Washington’s salary cap this season. The Redskins have less salary cap space than they anticipated because of an $18 million penalty imposed by the league on the eve of free agency last month.

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Gaffney plays the flanker position; so do younger receivers Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson, who Redskins coaches believe have bright futures.

Hankerson was a third-round pick in 2011. Washington signed Morgan to a two-year, $12 million free-agent contract in March.

Gaffney, 31, led the Redskins last season with 947 yards, 68 catches and five touchdowns. However, he averaged only 2.7 yards after the catch.

Gaffney could not immediately be reached for comment.