With the free agency period less than a day away, it appears that the Los Angeles Rams can scratch one potential target off their list.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, former Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is set to join the San Francisco 49ers on a multi-year deal.
When Pierre Garcon finalizes deal with 49ers, as expected, league sources believe he will make $16 million in first year.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 8, 2017
Garcon is coming off the heels of another productive campaign that saw him lead the Redskins in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,041). The 30-year-old has finished the final season of the five-year, $42.5 million deal that he signed with Washington back in 2012.
There is an obvious connection here between both sides with Garcon having played under new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the offensive coordinator with the Redskins a few seasons back. His addition will likely fill the void left by Torrey Smith, who was cut by the team earlier this week. On top of that, there are also reports that the 49ers are interested in acquiring Kirk Cousins this offseason just a week after he was franchise tagged by Washington.
As for the Rams, there was a growing expectation that they would have a strong pursuit of the veteran wide receiver given the need for help at the position and the connection that he and new head coach Sean McVay established during their time together with the Redskins over the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator.
That said, Los Angeles now finds themselves already having to look elsewhere for wide receiver help before the free agency period has even officially begun. There are many viable options on the market such as Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Terrelle Pryor that could help them tremendously in that regard.
Ultimately, what this is signals that the Rams will likely have to move fast in free agency in order to have a legitimate shot at landing players they express any significant interest in.