The Los Angeles Rams are expected to be one of the busier teams in the league this offseason in terms of shaping their roster ahead of next year.
Among these potential shifts could be in their efforts in acquiring additional help at the wide receiver position. According to The Washington Post’s Mike Jones, Los Angeles is already believed to be one of a handful of teams interested in veteran wideout Pierre Garcon, who is expected to become a free agent next month.
The team likes Pierre Garcon, and Garcon says he wants to be here. But as many as five other teams (Rams, Eagles, Bears, Cowboys, 49ers) are expected to want this reliable veteran to serve as a security blanket for their young quarterbacks.
If any of those come correct (financially), and the Redskins do the Redskins thing and lowball their own rather than giving them the respect they deserve, Garcon will likely shrug and go elsewhere.
Garcon is coming off a productive campaign that saw him lead the Washington Redskins in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,041). It was his second 1,000 receiving yard campaign of his career, which have both come with the Redskins. He has been in Washington since the 2012 season where he signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal.
The 30-year-old has stepped up as one of the primary receiving options for Kirk Cousins over the last few seasons notching at least 68 receptions in each of the past fours years overall. Although Garcon has voiced his desire to remain with the organization, he could choose to sign elsewhere if he feels he is undervalued in contract offers from Washington, who will possess more than $60 million in salary cap space this offseason.
Meanwhile, the Rams have a pressing need to find more viable options in their receiving corp, which has failed to produce a legitimate No.1 option in the last several seasons. Despite Kenny Britt notching career-best numbers in 2016, he hasn't truly latched onto being considered a player that can fulfill the qualities that come with the territory.
Beyond Britt, the Rams didn't have a receiver surpass 600 receiving yards or 60 catches. In fact, they had just three players record at least 50 or more receptions while combining for just 14 total touchdowns as a unit in the season.
Los Angeles' pursuit of Garcon could ultimately hinge on how the market shapes up in regards to price range. Alshon Jeffery is expected to draw plenty of attention as the top receiver available and things could heat up for the rest of the field once he makes his decision.
The Rams will have just over $40 million in salary cap space at their disposal during the offseason.