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Source: Redskins Contact Pierre Garcon, Yet Re-signing Odds Remain Long

The Washington Redskins broke their silence with free agent Pierre Garcon, but that doesn't mean negotiations are set to heat up.

There's mixed news on the front with Pierre Garcon and to some degree, with fellow free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson. After zero contact from the Washington Redskins all off-season, the organization reached out to Garcon's camp within the last 24 hours, Breaking Burgundy has learned. Don't get excited. League-wide perception remains the same.

As one source put it, "Garcon won't be back to Skins. Period."

Not all sources agree with the definitive tone of that Sean Spicer-esque statement, but all that spoke with Breaking Burgundy agree the odds of Washington's leading receiver returning for at least a sixth season remain low. For some, surprisingly low considering Garcon's toughness, route-running and durability. He hasn't missed a game in four straight seasons and finished 2016 with 79 receptions for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns. 

Teams can begin discussions with free agents on Tuesday, but no deals can be signed officially until Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

The Rams and Ravens are among the suspected likely interested teams with the Eagles, 49ers and Cardinals potential options, according to sources. The idea of playing for a division rival (Philadelphia) or a nearby team (Baltimore) could have some appeal for Garcon if he moves on.

Washington's front office scenario remains uncertain due general manager Scot McCloughan' absence from the NFL Combine. That put even more eyes on Redskins head coach Jay Gruden in Indianapolis. Even before the team announced Gruden' two-year contract extension Monday, various factions in and around the league sensed his rise in power with the Redskins. That scenario likely won't help Garcon's cause, according to a source.

One source, noting Gruden's presence across a crowded room during Combine week, said, "If Garcon is gone, he's why."

Breaking Burgundy confirmed a 106.7 The Fan report Monday that Garcon asked for a trade during the 2016 season.

Garcon tweeted out the following all-smiles message from his social media account Sunday.

The Redskins reached out to Garcon and are expected to do the same with Jackson's representative. Even if 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson returns at full strength from an Achilles injury that kept him out for most of his rookie season, Washington would need more receiver help. It's always possible circumstances change for the Redskins to alter their plan, but contacting their own free agents for the first time this close to the negotiating period suggests more courtesy call than negotiations heating up.

Garcon's projected salary is expected to start at $9 million, but could rise depending on the market. Reports have the speedy Jackson possibly commanding $10-12 million per season. 

Gruden's contract extension, while logical on several fronts, came with questions about the timing. Whether or not the Redskins initiated the stability-promoting move because of rampant organizational dysfunction talk, they are indeed receiving a PR boost. 

Asked about whether perceived dysfunction would prevent his clients from signing with the Redskins, one agent with a high-profile free agent said, "No affect. The Gruden signing helps," but in the end it's about the money and terms."

Breaking Burgundy previously reported Kenny Britt emerging on Washington's radar. Alshon Jeffery and Terrelle Pryor are among the other top wide receivers entering free agency.

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

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