When It Comes To Free Agent Pierre Garcon, Redskins Remain Quiet

Though time is on their side, the Redskins have shown no movement when it comes to re-signing free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon.

The Washington Redskins spoke publicly last week about their hopes with free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins. As for wide receiver Pierre Garcon, the organization has gone with the silent treatment.

The Redskins have not reached out to the free agent since the season ended, a source tells Breaking Burgundy. Breaking Burgundy and ESPN previously reported a growing sense among sources that both Garcon and fellow free agent receiver DeSean Jackson could and perhaps likely would sign elsewhere in free agency.

Dealing with the Cousins scenario -- Long-term deal? Franchise tag again? Trade? -- remains the main topic for the Redskins this offseason. Washington just filled two coordinator vacancies. Team officials attended last week's Senior Bowl in preparation for the NFL Draft. Free agency doesn't open until March 7. In other words, there is plenty going on and time is on their side.

However, even though other teams cannot open formal negotiations with Washington's leading receiver for several weeks, the lack of communication toward such a significant contributor is considered at the very least "odd" by those around the league.

The Redskins reportedly began contract discussions with free agent tight end Vernon Davis immediately after the season concluded with the Jan. 1 loss to the New York Giants. Long snapper Nick Sundberg was re-signed earlier this month.

During an interview with CSNmidatlantic.com at the Senior Bowl, team president Bruce Allen acknowledged the hopes with Cousins involve signing a long-term contract. When subsequently asked about the situation with Garcon and Jackson, went vague.

"That's what we've been doing. We've been having meetings. [Jay] still has a few more spots to fill out on the staff. Once we have a complete staff, we'll get together with the personnel department and make those decisions," Allen said.

The market for Garcon, who made $7.6 million in the final year of his original five-year contract, could start in the $9 million per season.

Speaking of the coaching staff changes, there are two ways the loss of offensive coordinator Sean McVay could play a factor in Garcon's future.


With McVay calling the plays, Garcon led Washington last season with 79 receptions for 1,041 yards. Head coach Jay Gruden will take over play-calling duties now that McVay is taking over as head coach for the Los Angeles Rams. There's a sense that scenario might not be good for Garcon's future with the Redskins.

Gruden previously called plays for Washington in 2014. Certainly the struggle at quarterback played a role, but Garcon finished that season with his lowest numbers (68 for 752) of the four campaigns in which he played in all 16 games for the Redskins.

Another factor with McVay involves his new team. Though Rams quarterback Jared Goff remains in the steep learning curve portion of his career, McVay's presence makes Los Angeles a possibility for Garcon. Los Angeles remains in need at receiver despite sign slot receiver Tavon Austin to a 4-year, $42 million contract. Pairing Austin with another small receiver like Jackson isn't football-wise, but the bigger Garcon would fit nicely.

Many believed Washington used a first-round pick on Josh Doctson last season to replace Garcon. The Redskins are hopeful Doctson will be ready for offseason workouts after the rookie receiver missed most of his rookie campaign with an Achilles injury.

Though Garcon is reliable and durable receiver, there is some general route-running overlap with slot threat Jamison Crowder and tight end Jordan Reed. Gruden remains a fan of backup receiver Ryan Grant. Rookie Maurice Harris showed hope as a red-zone threat last season.

Breaking Burgundy could not immediately confirm whether Washington has reached out to Jackson. The Redskins have 14 unrestricted free agents plus a handful of restricted and exclusive rights free agents. 

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandigFacebook and on Google+.

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