Many of you are getting your wish.
The Miami Dolphins signed wide receiver Jabar Gaffney and terminated the contracts of defensive lineman Andre Fluellen and wide receiver Legedu Naanee and waived/injured linebacker Mike Rivera, it was announced today.
This signals the end of Naanee's short and uninspiring time with the Dolphins. He was told of the move this morning. Rivera and Fluellen only had a cup of coffee with the Dolphins.
The addition of Gaffney seemed at times inevitable for the Dolphins once the Patriots cut him and didn't offer him a chance to return. Gaffney was cut by New England in the preseason while he was nursing a leg injury.
He is apparently healthy now.
Once Gaffney learns the offense, he can give the Dolphins three solid wide receivers to put on the field at the same time. The Dolphins have been looking for that with no luck -- as Naanee failed and Anthony Armstrong got his opportunity and lately has been demoted mostly to special teams work.
The 6-2, 200 pound wide receiver is in his 11th season. Gaffney was originally a second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans where he spent his first four seasons with the team. Gaffney has also played with the New England Patriots (2006-08) and Denver Broncos (2009-10). He joins Miami after spending last season with the Washington Redskins where he established career highs in both receptions (68) and receiving yards (947). Gaffney also tied a career high with five touchdowns. He has played in 155 career games with 103 starts and has caught 443 passes for 5,622 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Gaffney played two seasons at the University of Florida, where he totaled 138 career receptions for 2,375 yards (17.2 avg.) with 27 touchdowns. He received consensus first-team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s best receiver) as a redshirt sophomore in 2001 after ranking second in the nation in receiving yards per game (108.3 / 67-1,191, 13 TDs). Gaffney also set an NCAA Division I-A freshman record for receiving yards (1,184 on 71 receptions) and receiving touchdowns (14) as a redshirt freshman in 2000 while earning consensus National Freshman of the Year accolades and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. Born December 1, 1980, Gaffney was a two-year starter at Raines County High School in Jacksonville, Florida.