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Sources: Redskins Releasing WR Jabar Gaffney

Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post(WASHINGTON) -- Washington Redskins leading receiver in the 2011 season, Jabar Gaffney will be released, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

"I just heard. I just talked to Mike Shanahan. He said I was going to be making too much, and that they wanted to see what the other players can do," Gaffney told ESPN.

The Redskins had hoped to trade Gaffney, but were unable to find the right deal.

"He (Mike Shanahan) said there is a chance I can come back, but he said it would be for around the minimum because I wouldn't be the starter anymore. I am not interested in going from being their leading receiver to being third-string, and having my number taken from me," Gaffney said. "That is pretty much telling me that I am not going to be making the team. Now Drew (Rosenhaus) can start talking to other teams to find me a new home."

Gaffney led Washington with 68 receptions, 947 receiving yards, and 5 touchdown receptions last year.  He'll now have a chance to take his talents elsewhere.

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