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NFL Free Agency: Pierre Garcon agrees to deal with 49ers
- Updated: March 8, 2017
With Brandon Marshall heading to the New York Giants, we now have another wide receiver changing teams. Per reports, Pierre Garcon has agreed to a deal with the San Francisco 49ers. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen stated that Garcon will make a whopping 16-million during his first season in the Bay Area.
49ers not done yet. Have agreements with Garcon and Hoyer, and are also in the mix for other WRs, FBs and more. Will spend big
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 8, 2017
The 30-year old, dependable wide receiver will step into Kyle Shanahan’s offense and give him a reliable outside weapon next to Jeremy Kerley. Garcon has played 16 games in five of his nine seasons and 14-plus games in all but one of his seasons.
In his last four seasons in Washington, Pierre Garcon averaged 83 receptions — including a 113 reception season in 2013 — and broke the 1,000-yard mark twice. It is to no surprise that his career best season was under Kyle Shanahan when he was the offensive coordinator in Washington. Garcon is one of the league’s best route runners and possesses excellent hands, which will only help whoever is throwing him the ball in San Francisco — not to mention he is a great blocker on the perimeter.
As of now, it looks like Garcon will be catching passes from Brian Hoyer, a quarterback that has familiarity with Kyle Shanahan’s system. Hoyer is no Kirk Cousins, but he brings stability to the position and is an instant upgrade over last year’s garbage. Garcon is most certainly fantasy-relevant for the 2017 season, which we will update in our 2017 wide receiver rankings post-free agency.
Overall, the 49ers significantly upgraded their receiving corps with one of Shanahan’s old friends from Washington. Garcon will bring consistency, durability, experience and leadership to a young team that doesn’t know how to compete at a high level yet.
With Garcon, Hoyer and Marquise Goodwin in the fold, it looks like Kyle Shanahan is starting to build an offense that fits his scheme in San Francisco.