The New England Patriots claimed former Carolina Panthers running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers Monday, according to reports. Gaffney was placed on season-ending injured reserve after recently injuring his knee in practice this past week.
Carolina tried to sneak Gaffney through waivers and onto IR, but the Bill Belichick was alert to the situation.
Even though Gaffney will need to undergo ACL surgery that will officially end his season, the Patriots clearly have plans for him and wasted little time in snagging him up, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Gaffney was selected in the sixth-round of this year’s NFL draft by Carolina. The Panthers are forced to eat the $96,000 signing bonus Gaffney was given. The Patriots will only be responsible for paying Gaffney’s base salary.
The 23-year-old played his college football at Standford University. Gaffney performed very well last year for the Cardinal. He amassed 1,709 rushing yards on 330 attempts. The talented runner also found the end zone a whopping 21 times in 14 games.
Based on Gaffney’s stats in 2013, it comes as no surprise New England decided to bring him aboard. It’s a low risk, high reward situation for the team.
New England made a similar signing in 2012 when they claimed tight end Jake Ballard off waivers after he was placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants.