Pierre Garcon to Redskins: Was It the Right Move?
Garcon, who has been the No. 2 wide receiver for the Colts the past couple seasons, signed a five-year, $42 million deal. Much is expected of him.
Here are four ways he may help or hurt the Redskins.
Garcon Will Have Fewer Than 1,000 Receiving Yards
Pierre Garcon will not eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this season. The Redskins paid him No.1 wide-receiver money, but Garcon is not going to perform like one this season. The Redskins have a ton of other receiving options. There's Santana Moss, Fred Davis, Chris Cooley, Josh Morgan, Anthony Armstrong, Jabar Gaffney and Leonard Hankerson.
All of these players are going to have to see some passes. I know teams like the Saints and Packers have multiple receivers and still have that go-to guy, whether it is Marques Colston or Greg Jennings. But let's face it. The Redskins are nothing like those teams, and Garcon is nowhere near as good as Colston or Jennings.
What has Garcon done to deserve this huge contract? He has never had more than 1,000 yards receiving in his career. Now all of a sudden he got a big pay raise and he is going to be much better?
I understand that he was going to demand a huge contract because he was one of the top wide-receiver free agents available. But the Redskins should not have given him that money. They gave him more than $40 million and Josh Morgan a deal that reportedly could pay him $12 million over two years.
I believe the Redskins made a mistake spending this much money on a couple of wide receivers who provide very little upgrade. Garcon has been a No. 2 wide receiver his entire career. The Redskins should have either broken the bank for Vincent Jackson, who is a legit top-10 wide receiver or waited another year.
If Santana Moss Is Not Cut, Garcon Will Have Competition for the No. 1 WR Spot
Is there that much of a difference between Santana Moss and Pierre Garcon?
Garcon is getting paid almost double what Moss is paid, yet you could easily make the argument that Moss is the better wide receiver. Over the past three seasons, Garcon has had 184 receptions, 2,496 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. In that same span, Moss has had 209 receptions, 2,601 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
By the way, Garcon had a quarterback who went by the name of Peyton Manning, while Moss has played with, at best, an average quarterback. He has been receiving passes from Jason Campbell, Donovan McNabb, John Beck and Rex Grossman.
I know Garcon is only 25 years old and managed to put up decent numbers last year with horrible quarterbacks like Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky. I still think that a No. 2 wide receiver with arguably the best quarterback in the league should be putting up better numbers than a No. 1 wide receiver with an average quarterback.
Moss is 32 and could be on the decline, but the stats do not lie. He has been more productive than Garcon.
It is not like Garcon meets the need for a tall, physical threat that Moss is not. He is only 6'. At least for this season, I do not see Garcon having the ability to be the No. 1 receiver the Redskins want him to be.
The Redskins would be foolish if they cut Moss. They have been one of the worst teams in the league the past three seasons and they need all the help they can get. Cutting arguably your best wide receiver would be a step in the wrong direction.
Assuming the Redskins are smart and keep Moss, he is still going to be the go-to target for the Redskins like he has been for the past seven seasons.
The Redskins QB Situation Will Affect Pierre Garcon
Garcon will not blossom into the No.1 threat they are looking for because of the Redskins quarterback situation.
The Redskins are most likely going to have Robert Griffin III as their starting quarterback this season. Now some people are going to think that he could have a Cam Newton-like season. Realistically, he will not.
What Newton did this past year is rarely ever done by a rookie quarterback in the NFL. Garcon is not the type of game-changing receiver who could help out RG3. Newton had that in All-Pro receiver Steve Smith.
Garcon has been catching passes from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning. Manning has made a ton of wide receivers successful, whether it is Garcon, Austin Collie or Brandon Stokley. He is now going to have to work with a rookie quarterback who is going to be under a lot of pressure.
Don’t get me wrong; I think RG3 is going to be an exciting and great player in the NFL. However, this year is going to be a year for RG3 to develop. We are going to see some flashes of what makes him so good, but he will not be a dominant player.
Pierre Garcon’s 2012-2013 Season Stats
Overall, Garcon is a solid wide receiver, but I only see him as a No. 2 wide receiver. The Redskins paid way too much for him and should have spent their money on Vincent Jackson or waited until next year to make a free-agent splash.
I see Garcon having around 50 receptions for 800 yards and five touchdowns.