Strong market expected for Pierre Garcon

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon is expected to be pursued heavily in free agency. While Garcon remains in discussions with the Colts, he's expected to explore the market starting Tuesday. "Obviously, there's still ongoing talks with Indianapolis, but we are at this point starting to look forward to free agency," agent Brad Cicala of Terra Firma Sports said in a telephone interview.

"We expect a strong market in free agency. We expect numerous teams to inquire about Pierre. We're interested to see where that's going to take us."

Garcon, 25, caught a career-high 70 passes for 947 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Colts despite Peyton Manning missing the entire season following neck surgery.

"I'm looking forward to the future and whatever it holds for me," Garcon said in a statement. "I'm ready to get back to playing football once the business side is completed."

A former Mount Union standout selected in the sixth round in 2008, Garcon has caught 188 career passes for 2,519 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Two seasons ago, Garcon caught 67 passes for 784 yards and six touchdowns as he emerged as a full-time starter. Previously, his top season was in 2009 when the 6-foot, 210-pounder caught 47 passes for 765 yards and four touchdowns.

Among the teams that are expected to be in the market for a wide receiver: the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints.

"They're going to get a humble individual who works hard," Cicala said. "Pierre is an ultra-competitive football player. We think that he has the ability to stretch the field and has shown his ability to run intermediate routes as well.

"His blocking speaks for itself. More than anything else, he's a playmaker in the NFL whether it be scoring touchdowns, breaking tackles, making big plays."

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