It was good while it lasted. The Washington Redskins had the league’s second-best passing attack in the NFL in 2016 in terms of yards per game. A big part of quarterback Kirk Cousins‘ success can be attributed to his rapport with talented wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson.
But now both have moved on. Both receivers had impressive seasons, but now they’ll be servicing over clubs. Via Spotrac, Garcon signed a five-year $47 million dollar contract with the San Francisco 49ers. It gives him the familiarity of playing under former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, now San Francisco’s head coach. Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tells us that Jackson’s inked a three year, $33 million dollar contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To say both players will be missed is an understatement.
Garcon had been in Washington since 2012 after spending four seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. After playing in only 10 contests in his first year with the Redskins, he has not missed a game since. The connection on the field between him Cousins was impressive. This past season, Garcon posted the second-best numbers of his nine-year career. In 2016, he caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. Garcon is an outstanding player on and off the field resulting in him given the title of Redskins’ 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Jackson came to the Redskins in 2014 after his troubles with his former NFC East team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Cut loose by then-head coach Chip Kelly, he would sign a three-year contract with the Redskins and quickly proved how valuable he would be to the team. With Washington, Jackson posted a pair of 1,000-plus yard seasons in both 2014 and ’16. He would play just 40 regular-season games with the club but averaged an astounding 19.0 yards per reception on 142 catches. The totals include 2,702 yards and 14 scores.
Every NFL team has to absorb its shares of losses during free agency. But these are unusual circumstances. And that seems to symbolize what’s going on with the Washington Redskins these days.