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Need to Know: Why Redskins WR Garçon is likely to be back this season

Feb 5, 2015, 4:55 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 5, 13 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL assemble in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

Question of the day

We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

Today’s question is from Twitter:

Whenever a player approaches the age of 30 and his production falls off precipitously, his future will always be a topic of discussion. Add in that player having the second-highest cap number on the team and the buzz gets even louder.

Pierre Garçon is hitting that trifecta in 2015. He will be 29 before the season starts. He will count $9.7 million against the salary cap, second on the team behind Trent Williams. And he went from a great 2013 season, with 113 receptions for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns to a mediocre 68/752/3 stat line last year.

Even though the stat drop off can be attributed more to the addition of DeSean Jackson on the opposite side of the field and to the team’s three-man tag team at quarterback, the questions persist. Should the Redskins try to deal him while they can get some value for him? Or, if they are unable to do that should they release him and take the $5.3 million in 2015 salary cap space that such a move would provide?

The first thing that should be made clear here is that there are no reports that the Redskins organization actively trying to trade Garçon or release him. Right now this is all in the realm of offseason speculation and discussion. That doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t part ways with Garçon but right now there are no hard reports that they are considering doing so.

Regardless, I don’t think that it will end up happening. I understand that the cap savings, which would total more than $15 million over the next two years, are attractive. And the Redskins are rebuilding whether or not they want to use that word and Garçon will be long gone by the time the team is competitive. If it was my decision, I might be tempted to take a high third-round pick in exchange for Garçon.

But one of the big priorities on this team right now is developing a quarterback. They would prefer to get Robert Griffin III up to speed as a pocket passer. But whoever it is—Griffin, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, a veteran free agent, a draft pick—will benefit from having Garçon as a target. To me, that makes it unlikely that Garçon is going anywhere.

Things could always happen. If the phone rings and a GM on the other end is offering a second-round pick for Garçon, they would seriously consider making the deal and using the second to get a younger, cheaper replacement. Maybe McCloughan will look at the film and decide that the money just isn’t worth it regardless.

While a lot could transpire, the thing that is most like to happen is the status quo. The chances are good that Garçon will be back in burgundy and gold in 2015.


—It’s been 39 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 222 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 33; Redskins offseason workouts start 74; 2015 NFL Draft 85

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  1. sidepull - Feb 5, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    I hope you are correct Rich. I like the guy. Hes tough and he has heart. He doesn’t quit on a play. Agree his lack of production was due to the poor QB play and the addition of Jackson. My feeling is Jackson has a propensity to get injured as well as make a big play. Before Jackson got here Garcon had proven he is a reliable and productive number 1 and had putt that wr corps on his back during those times. He reminds me of Anquan Boldin. Tough as nails.

    • redskinsinrichmondva - Feb 5, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      That’s why it’s silly to put two #1 receivers on the same team without the proper offense in place and also look to pay both of those receivers as if they both have the production to match.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 5, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Another comment on T. Porter: Not only should he be cut, the people involved with the decision to sign him in the first place ought to be removed from any further player evaluation duties.

  3. boysheadcoach - Feb 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    I’m not a T. Porter fan………………………..But, when FA was going on last year, he was one of the top 5 FA at CB on everyone’s list including ESPN and many others had him rated above an 80 player. players digress in programs that don’t teach. as Scott said in his presser, players that come from a different system or culture don”t always translate or adapt to a new culture. Players hate change, we change everything all the time. Coaches, schemes, approaches, how we manage games prior to playing and in-game. Our whole culture NEEDS to change and become consistent to the players. they don’t need to have to think so much, when we constantly change things they have to think way too much. Lets face it, these guys are not on the field because they are great thinkers.

    • bangkokben - Feb 5, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      Let’s suppose that signing Porter last year was an upgrade over EJ Biggers as the 3rd corner. So far, no problems. Now fast forward and as the ol’ ball coach used to say hindsight is 50/50; no need to keep him now. If the choice is between DeAngelo Hall and his two surgeries and Porter, i’m taking Hall (with a reduced salray). If the choice is Porter or some “just-a-guy,” I’m taking the just-a-guy. This team cannot afford to role the dice with guys chronic injury histories.

      • httr915 - Feb 5, 2015 at 11:24 AM

        It’s hind sight is 20/20

        • brucefan1 - Feb 5, 2015 at 12:03 PM

          Think that might be the joke? LOL

        • bangkokben - Feb 5, 2015 at 1:52 PM

          Yeah. Steve Spurrier was quoted with the 50/50 part at the end of one his losing seasons. Still played on 980 often. For all the ire Gruden gets at least he hasn’t said that, or the maroon and black from Zorn, or Shanny’s stake my reputation on these quarterbacks bit.

          Give him time and he’ll either turn this thing around or be quoted for saying some silly stuff.

      • httr915 - Feb 5, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        My fault

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 5, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      No, when free agency was going on Tracy Porter wasn’t getting picked by anybody because it had been years since he had a decent season.

      And those following seasons? HE KEPT GETTING INJURED.

      It wasn’t a secret to anyone but the doofuses here who signed him.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 5, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      In what world was he top 5? He had barely played the previous few years and was terrible when he actually was on the field. He hadn’t produced, at all, since his Super Bowl heroics. Polian was the only one who had him rated highly.

  4. httr915 - Feb 5, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Trade him and our #5 for the Browns two first rounders

  5. O - Feb 5, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    “Precipitously”…. very nice

  6. realfan82 - Feb 5, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    well he’s contributing pretty well after the redskins released him on madden and the bills signed him lol Archives

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