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Redskins release wide receiver Gaffney

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Washington 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.

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.

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