Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney wasn't out of work for long. Three days after being released by the Redskins, Gaffney rejoined the Patriots, for whom he played from 2006-08.
The two sides agreed to terms of a two-year contract that puts Gaffney in the middle of a steep competition at the position.
In addition to Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco -- all retained after last season, though Welker hasn't signed his franchise player tender offer -- the Patriots added free agents Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth in addition to Gaffney.
The beefed up receiver corps, in addition to tight end tandem Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, could signal a shift to a four- or five-receiver offensive formation under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.