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49ers free agency rumors: Pierre Garcon on their radar

The 49ers could use a stabilizing option like Garcon. He’s not flashy, but he would be solid.

The San Francisco 49ers needed wide receiver heading into the offseason, and that need was only amplified by the decision to release Torrey Smith on Tuesday. The 49ers have been connected to numerous big name options, and we can now add Pierre Garcon to the list. Ian Rapoport tweeted that the 49ers have their sights set on the Washington wide receiver.

Garcon is coming off the second 1,000-yard performance of his career, finishing the 2016 season with 79 receptions for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. His other 1,000-yard season came in 2013, with Kyle Shanahan was Washington offensive coordinator. Garcon finished that season with 113 receptions for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns.

On Tuesday, Garcon’s agent confirmed that he had asked for a trade early in the 2016 season. He was concerned about becoming more of a “possession” receiver and thought he had more to offer. By all accounts things worked out pretty well the latter half of the season, but Garcon is likely looking for a big role in what will probably be the 30-year olds last major contract.

Garcon spent two years with Shanahan in Washington. He is not a flashy name like Alshon Jeffery or Terrelle Pryor, but he would be a stabilizing option for whomever the 49ers bring in at quarterback. And while he would not be cheap, he would preclude the 49ers from adding another significant free agent. Of course, the team also has significant draft picks to use, and could also add a receiver in the first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft. They have options, and signing Garcon would not foreclose any options moving forward.