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nychief
10-09-2006, 02:56 PM
The New England Patriots addressed their lack of veteran depth at wide receiver on Monday, signing free agent Jabar Gaffney.

Gaffney, 25, worked out for New England coaches and personnel officials on Friday, along with veteran free agent wide receivers Kevin Johnson and Charles Rogers, and was deemed to be the best of the trio.

Gaffney played four seasons with the Houston Texans and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an unrestricted free agent this spring, but was released at the end of training camp.

To create a roster spot for Gaffney, the Patriots released defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan, who had not dressed for any of the team's five regular-season five games this season. The club also released veteran defensive back Hank Poteat, who has been on and off the roster several times the past three seasons, and was re-signed two weeks ago.

New England has been playing with just four wide receivers and has been attempting to upgrade the position. The Pats lost both starters from 2005, as David Givens signed with the Tennessee Titans and Deion Branch was traded to the Seattle Seahawks last month.

Givens signed with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent, and Branch was dealt after a lengthy contract dispute in which the former Super Bowl MVP failed to report to camp.

Gaffney is a solid possession-type receiver with good hands and quickness, and he should be a good fit in the New England offensive design.

The former Florida standout, a second-round choice in the 2002 draft, has 171 receptions for 2,009 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. Gaffney has played in 64 games and started in 50 of them. He enjoyed his best overall season in 2005, posting 55 catches for 492 yards and two touchdowns.

Contract details were not immediately available.

New England's wide receivers have just 41 catches for 466 yards and five touchdowns in five outings this year. The lone holdover wide receiver from the 2005 roster is 14-year veteran Troy Brown.

While the addition of Gaffney is key for the Patriots, the release of Sullivan might be even bigger news league-wide.

The former Georgia star was the first-round choice of the New England Patriots in 2003, the sixth player selected overall that year. But his weight and lack of motivation were problems in New Orleans and the Saints dealt him to the Patriots this spring for wide receiver Bethel Johnson.

Now, two teams have now given up on Sullivan, 25, in four months. Because he plays a position that is difficult to fill, Sullivan may draw some interest. But other teams will be wary, given that the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick were unable to get him to play to his potential, and will be skeptical about signing him.

In 36 appearances, including 17 starts, Sullivan has 102 tackles and 1 sacks. A dominant player at the college level, Sullivan has yet to transfer his abilities to the NFL.

Poteat, 28, is a journeyman defensive back to whom New England seems to often turn when injuries deplete their secondary. In stints with Pittsburgh (2000-2002), Tampa Bay (2003) and New England (2004-2006), Poteat has appeared in 54 games. The six-year veteran appeared in two games, with one start, for New England this season.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.

Fish
10-09-2006, 03:02 PM
The former Georgia star was the first-round choice of the New England Patriots in 2003, the sixth player selected overall that year. But his weight and lack of motivation were problems in New Orleans and the Saints dealt him to the Patriots this spring for wide receiver Bethel Johnson.

Sounds like a Ryan Sims clone...

Pitt Gorilla
10-09-2006, 03:07 PM
Wow, remember when everyone wanted us to draft Gaffney?

JBucc
10-09-2006, 03:14 PM
Wasn't Poteat on our team at some point? I guess he never made the roster but I remember in Madden 03 he was a kickass returner, better than Dante. Maybe it was another Poteat.

HC_Chief
10-09-2006, 03:26 PM
Wow, remember when everyone wanted us to draft Gaffney?

Yep. He was a stud coming out of FL.
Hell, we could use another WR right about now! Why in the hell aren't we bringing in WRs?!

BigChiefFan
10-09-2006, 03:43 PM
Wow, remember when everyone wanted us to draft Gaffney?
He would make our roster now and especially THEN. What's your point?

chop
10-09-2006, 03:44 PM
Another blow to Charles Rogers. I thought someone would have taken a chance on him by now.

Pitt Gorilla
10-09-2006, 03:49 PM
He would make our roster now and especially THEN. What's your point?My point is that we didn't waste a first rounder on him. We may have wasted it on someone else, but not him.

DaKCMan AP
10-09-2006, 04:13 PM
Damn, look at NE. Reche Caldwell, Jabar Gaffney and Chad Jackson. Start calling them the New England Gators.

Cochise
10-09-2006, 04:19 PM
Another blow to Charles Rogers. I thought someone would have taken a chance on him by now.

Clearly the Patriots aren't serious about winning.

shaneo69
10-09-2006, 04:21 PM
Hell, we could use another WR right about now! Why in the hell aren't we bringing in WRs?!

We have Rod Gardner.

chop
10-09-2006, 04:22 PM
Clearly the Patriots aren't serious about winning.


:D

HC_Chief
10-09-2006, 04:22 PM
We have Rod Gardner.

Like I said, we need another WR!!

Rising Sun
10-09-2006, 04:32 PM
Bring in the Dtackle. We could use another body down there. He might fit our defense a little better.

Rain Man
10-09-2006, 05:03 PM
While the addition of Gaffney is key for the Patriots, the release of Sullivan might be even bigger news league-wide.

The former Georgia star was the first-round choice of the New England Patriots in 2003, the sixth player selected overall that year. But his weight and lack of motivation were problems in New Orleans and the Saints dealt him to the Patriots this spring for wide receiver Bethel Johnson.


Ha-ha. Idiots spent a #6 pick on a bust defensive tackle.

Undertaker #59
10-10-2006, 08:58 AM
While the addition of Gaffney is key for the Patriots, the release of Sullivan might be even bigger news league-wide.

The former Georgia star was the first-round choice of the New England Patriots in 2003, the sixth player selected overall that year. But his weight and lack of motivation were problems in New Orleans and the Saints dealt him to the Patriots this spring for wide receiver Bethel Johnson.




That is a misprint.

Sullivan was the first choice of the Saints in 2003 at #6. The Patriots drafted Ty Warren at #13 that year.

Sullivan was a team mate of Richard Seymour at Georgia. Seymour was drafted at #6 by the Patriots in 2001.

BigChiefFan
10-10-2006, 09:01 AM
Ha-ha. Idiots spent a #6 pick on a bust defensive tackle.
Why do you have to bring Carl and Company into the discussion? :)

Amnorix
10-10-2006, 09:27 AM
That is a misprint.

Sullivan was the first choice of the Saints in 2003 at #6. The Patriots drafted Ty Warren at #13 that year.

Sullivan was a team mate of Richard Seymour at Georgia. Seymour was drafted at #6 by the Patriots in 2001.

Yeah, helluva misprint.

One thing about the Pats under Belichick, they NEVER miss with first rounders (knock on wood). They're all very starters and very solid contributors.

the Talking Can
10-10-2006, 09:42 AM
so there is an even bigger bust than Sims...