Gaffney Visits Miami, But He'd Like to Return to Patriots

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September 04, 2012 at 12:30am ET

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Gaffney may be gone, but he'd reportedly like to come back. (FILE:USPresswire)

Patriots wide receiver Jabar Gaffney was one of the first players let go when the team cut down to 75 last week, and rumor had it that his release was the result of an injury he's been dealing with during training camp that left the team with a tough decision to let him go.

However it sounds like he'd like to come back to New England - provided they still want him.

Most reports said that he was a candidate to eventually return, but Monday's news that he was in Miami visiting the Dolphins caught some by surprise, especially considering how thin the Patriots still currently are at the receiver position.  Miami's dealing with the same problem, and could certainly use his services.

However, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald Gaffney is still hopeful that the Patriots will bring him back, and they remain his top choice.  If not, then the Dolphins appear to be interested in adding them to their roster.  Otherwise if he doesn't end up in Miami, Salguero writes that Gaffney will explore other options.

Gaffney obviously is a good fit in this offense and they're in need of a 3rd receiver behind Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd who can be reliable and someone that Tom Brady feels comfortable with.  For the most part Gaffney hasn't been injury prone, having played in 16 games in each season over his entire NFL career with the exception of one, which was back in 2006.

The nature of his injury isn't clear, but from all indications he's expected to be able to return at some point this season.  Whether or not that's in New England remains to be seen and Gaffney appears to be doing his due diligence by exploring other options.  

Hopefully if all goes well, fans will get to see him at some point in Foxboro in the weeks ahead.