Patriots Sign Gaffney, Release Underwood

Jabar Gaffney

The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Jabar Gaffney to a two-year contract bringing back one of QB Tom Brady’s favorite targets to Foxboro.

Gaffney, a member of the Patriots from 2006 to 2008, is a former 2nd round pick (33rd overall) of the Houston Texans in the 2002 NF Draft out of the University of Florida.

In addition to the Texans and Patriots, Gaffney has played for the Denver Broncos and last season for the Washington Redskins.

Entering his 11th season in the NFL, Gaffney has 443 career catches for 5,622 yards and 24 TD’s.

He is the son of former New York Jets WR Derrick Gaffney and the cousin of free agent CB Lito Sheppard.

In addition to Gaffney’s signing the team also has released WR Tiquan Underwood after one season with the team.  Underwood, a former 7th round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Rutgers, is well known for his cool high top fade haircut.

This is the fourth time the Patriots have released Underwood since last September; it includes being released on the night before Super Bowl XLVII only to be re-signed two days later.

It appears Underwood’s release is in direct relation to the Gaffney signing as not counting Wes Welker, who is yet to sign his franchise tender, the team has 11 wide receivers currently on the roster.

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