Buying or Selling Pierre Garcon as 2012's Biggest NFL Free Agent Bust

Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 4, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a 24- 22 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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With news breaking that Pierre Garcon may be done for the season, it now becomes fair to question if he is the biggest free agent bust of the 2012 class.

 

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He has surely not been the only disappointment. Mario Williams and his $100 million flop for the Buffalo Bills comes to mind, but Garcon barely even saw the field this season.

After showing great chemistry with QB Robert Griffin III en route to 109 yards receiving and a touchdown in the Washington Redskins' Week 1 win over the New Orleans Saints, Garcon has played in just two other contests this season.

It is no surprise that RGIII's two highest passing outputs this year have come in games with Garcon in the lineup. He is an added dimension that Washington desperately craves in the vertical passing game.

Is it fair to deem Garcon a bust mainly based on the fact that he was a casualty of the injury bug? When that player is a fresh recipient of a five-year, $42.5 million contract there is no choice but to deem him such.

However, is he actually the biggest free agent bust? 

The aforementioned Williams has managed just 3.5 sacks and 16 tackles in seven games for the Bills. He has ailed from some sort of wrist injury, but the fact remains that he has failed to circle any kind of wagons for Buffalo.

On a somewhat quieter front, the Jacksonville Jaguars gave wide receiver Laurent Robinson a five-year, $32.5 million contract this past offseason.

How has he rewarded them? Robinson has been on the field for only four games this season and caught nine passes for 134 yards and zero scores.

Former "Madden Cover Curse" victim Peyton Hillis joined the Kansas City Chiefs and has subsequently rushed for just 130 yards in five games and has not found the endzone. The Chiefs as a whole have struggled mightily, but fellow RB Jamaal Charles has been able to find success. Why hasn't Hillis?

Then there is Matt Flynn. He was the big QB free agent signing of the offseason for the Seattle Seahawks and could not even win the starting job over rookie Russell Wilson. 

 

The Verdict

Which of these is the biggest bust? Looking over all the candidates, Garcon suddenly does not seem worthy of even being in the discussion. Flynn was given a three-year, $19.5 million contract and did not even win a position battle over a third round draft pick. 

Yes, Garcon's injury is a setback and he has lost time to develop with RGIII, but he is not the biggest bust of the 2012 free agent class. That distinction goes to Flynn.