For a team that saw its salary cap space eviscerated by a league-induced penalty Monday, the Washington Redskins certainly hit the ground running when free agency began Tuesday. They followed up their reported signing of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon by agreeing to terms with fellow wideout Josh Morgan, according to a tweet by Pro Football Talk.
WR Josh Morgan agrees to five-year deal with Redskins that will void to two years.Worth up to $12 million.$7.5 million "guaranteed."
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 13, 2012
This deal may not carry the cache of the blockbuster trade that sent wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears or the huge contract that Vincent Jackson is reportedly set to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The folks at Pro Football Focus greeted this signing with a heaping dose of sarcasm.
Over the past four seasons Josh Morgan has 79 more yards and 7 fewer TDs than Calvin Johnson has...this year alone
— ProFootballFocus.com (@ProFootbalFocus) March 13, 2012
However, as PFF staffer Nathan Jahnke points out, the four-year veteran was quietly off to a solid start in 2011 before a broken leg ended his season after five games.
Josh Morgan to WAS. He was looking good this year before getting injured (78.9% catch rate, 14.7 yards/catch), but hasn't been consistent
— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) March 13, 2012
The 26-year-old Morgan, who reeled in 15 catches for 220 yards and a score last year before getting hurt, isn't the sort of player whose signing will lead off tonight's edition of SportsCenter. However, the Redskins were able to add another young weapon around presumptive new quarterback Robert Griffin without breaking a bankroll that the NFL already chopped a large chunk from.
Morgan has shown the ability to be a productive receiver in the past, topping 500 receiving yards twice in four seasons. While signing Morgan wasn't a "sexy" addition to the Washington Redskins roster, it was a nice pickup for a team that had the free agent rules changed on them at the last minute.