The Redskins announced that they acquired veteran wide receiver Jabar Gaffney in a trade that will send defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon to the Denver Broncos.
Gaffney, 30, is coming off his best NFL season — a 65 catch, 875-yard campaign with Denver in 2010. A year earlier, Gaffney hauled in 54 passes for 732 yards with the Broncos.
He’ll be expected to compete with Anthony Armstrong and Leonard Hankerson for Washington’s No. 2 receiving spot.
Donte Stallworth, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Redskins early Wednesday, could also be vying for a spot on a Redskins’ receiving depth chart that will feature fourth-year Oklahoma product Malcolm Kelly, special teams standout Brandon Banks, 2010 7th-round pick Terence Austin and a pair of late-round 2011 draft picks.
Gaffney’s addition provides the Redskins with another proven pass-catcher. Prior to dealing for him, Moss and Stallworth were the only veterans of several seasons who were expected to make Washington’s rosters.
Since being selected by the Houston Texans in 2002, Gaffney has played in 139 games and made 88 starts, tallying 375 receptions for 4,675 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Jarmon departs after two seasons, 16 games and one start with the Redskins. He was selected by Washington in the third round of the 2009 NFL Supplemental Draft. He was added when the team was running a 4-3 defense and didn’t seem to be an ideal fit in the 3-4 scheme Jim Haslett coordinated in 2010.
At one point last offseason the Kentucky product was told to trim weight so that he could play linebacker. After Jarmon dropped the weight he was asked to he was told to get back up to weighing enough to play along the defensive line as an end. A true ‘tweener,’ the Broncos are adding a young, developing prospect for their defensive line.
With Gaffney, the Redskins have now bolstered their receiving core by signing two players and trading for another, all in the first two days of player-movement.