Originally posted on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 7/28/14
In the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers selcted Tyler Gaffney, a running back out of Stanford. Later, the team signed Gaffney to a four-year contract that included a $96,000 signing bonus. The Panthers already paid Gaffney that money.  Recently, Gaffney suffered a season-ending left knee injury. The Panthers wanted to place their rookie on injured reserve. However, with it being the offseason and because team’s are allowed to have 90 players on their rosters right now, Gaffney would have to clear waivers before he could be placed on IR. Normally, this is not an issue in the offseason. But the Patriots are a smart, ruthless team. What did they do? They claimed Gaffney on waivers before he made it IR. Patriots claimed former Panthers rookie RB Tyler Gaffney on waivers today after Carolina tried to sneak him through waivers and into IR. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2014 Now, they have a running back on their team that had 21 rushing touchdowns and averaged 5.2 yards per carry in his final season at Stanford. And they didn’t even have to use a draft pick or pay a signing bonus to acquire Gaffney. It’s also important to note that this isn’t the first time the Patriots have pulled something like this. The team once claimed a then-injured Jake Ballard in the same manner. But Ballard would be cut in preseason the following year. The lesson in all of this: The Patriots are wise and ruthless and you don’t want to mess with them. You don’t try to sneak **** past the Patriots. They will get you. They always do. No, they did not break any rules. They just exploited the rules. Genius. Follow Sean Wagner-McGough on Twitter @seanjwagner Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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