Redskins Sign Garcon (5 years/ $42.5 Million) – It happens every offseason – Team A swings and misses on Big-Name-Free-Agent-X; Team A proceeds to throw money at their next best option. The Washington Redskins missed out on the number one ranked free agent wide receiver, Vincent Jackson. Upon realizing they would not land Jackson, the Redskins made it rain on Pierre Garcon. But is he worth the big bucks? Grantland’s Bill Barnwell weighs in:
“Garcon fits one of the archetypes we identified last year when we described the free agents you meet in hell, a second or third wideout from an effective passing offense. These sorts of players look good against single coverage with great quarterbacks around them, but when you move them into the no. 1 slot on a team with an inferior quarterback, they fail to meet expectations. Last year, Garcon’s raw numbers showed some improvement because he took more snaps and made it through all 16 games for the first time in his career, but his catch rate without Manning fell from 56 percent to 52 percent, and that came while Garcon enjoyed the splendor of garbage-time yardage for the first time in his career. He had three receptions for more than 40 yards all year, and two of them came in one game against the dismal Buccaneers. What about this guy says, “We need to give him [$42.5] million as soon as possible?”
Like I stated in the beginning – this happens every offseason. As irony would have it, the Redskins are usually involved. You would think that after overspending on Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Donovan McNabb, etc., the Redskins would not have taken a risk like paying Garcon top receiver cash. Garcon won’t have history on his side when he laces em up in DC this Fall.