The moves around the NFL have been coming fast and furious. It’s the first day of the new fiscal year. Transactions are now becoming official after a day or so of “legal tampering.” Some of the worst-kept secrets around the league have been revealed.
That wide receiver Pierre Garcon left the Washington Redskins for the San Francisco 49ers is hardly breaking news. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen was all over the story a day early. And NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo broke down the figures even more on the three-year contract.
The decision to bolt for the Bay Area makes plenty of sense considering Garcon’s first two seasons with the ‘Skins were with new 49ers’ head coach Kyle Shanahan. That second year saw the former Indianapolis Colts’ standout lead the NFL with 113 receptions. That was good for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns. In five seasons in Washington, Garcon racked up 376 catches for 4,549 yards and 21 scores.
Combine this move with the free-agent departure of wideout DeSean Jackson and the Washington offense has lost a pair of quality playmakers. This was a passing attack ranked second in the NFL in 2016 behind the New Orleans Saints. The team still has tight ends Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis. There’s also wide receivers Jamison Crowder, Ryan Grant and Josh Doctson. And for now, they still have quarterback Kirk Cousins. But this offense has taken two enormous hits.
Russell S. Baxter is the Washington Redskins lead writer for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @baxfootballguru. Looking for more Redskins news and features? Like our Facebook page HERE and also follow @spot_redskins on Twitter.