The wide receiver free agent market is fairly deep, and Washington wide receiver Pierre Garcon seems ready to get his in it. He is coming off a 1,000-yard receiving season, and according to a new report, was trying to get out earlier this year. According to multiple reports, Garcon requested a trade early in the 2016 season. Washington told him no and according to his agent, “Once it didn't happen we respected it. We respect their interest and we were definitely interested in returning.”
However, amidst some of the craziness swirling in our nation’s capitol (well, in their Virginia offices, at least), Garcon offered a bit of snarky. On Sunday, Pro Football Talk tweeted about Jay Gruden’s extension coming amidst all this, and Garcon quote-tweeted it with laughing and tears.
Garcon should have a decent market for his services, but I remain hopeful the 49ers can potentially land him. He’s not as sexy a name as Alshon Jeffery or Terrelle Pryor. I wouldn’t mind rolling the dice on Pryor, but if the team is going to go for a more patient approach, I think Garcon could be a solid stabilizing factor for a wide receiver corps that is considerably lacking in talent. And considering his best year came with Kyle Shanahan running Washington’s offense, it could be a good relationship to build around.
Sign Garcon and spend a high pick on a receiver, and suddenly you’ve got something to build around. Jeremy Kerley is no longer counted on to be the No. 1 receiver, and with the right rookie, Kerley becomes the No. 3 receiver. Kerley is a solid wide receiver, but he really should not be more than the slot guy.
What are your thoughts on how best to invest cap space and draft capital in the wide receiver position?