49ers Free-Agency Rumors: San Francisco Reportedly Targeting Pierre Garcon

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 24: Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins looks on during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Washington defeated Chicago 41-21. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly interested in signing free-agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

As Rapoport noted Wednesday, the veteran wideout is familiar with new head coach Kyle Shanahan and his offensive system. Chris Mortensen of ESPN added that Garcon is "expected" to make $16 million in his first year of a deal with the 49ers.

On Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Garcon is expected to sign a three-year contract that will pay "about" $23 million over the first two years along with a $12 million signing bonus.

Garcon's departure from Washington seems imminent, as Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote:

Washington is not expected to make a major push to retain Garcon, 30.

The coaches there wanted him to be more versatile. He preferred to remain at the X, or split-end, spot in the offense, and according to reports out of Washington, he requested a trade early last year. He also seemed to poke fun at the perceived dysfunction in Washington on his Twitter account.

That dysfunction could lead Garcon's former quarterback, Kirk Cousins, to San Francisco as well. Cousins and Washington still have not agreed to a long-term contract, and the quarterback's ties to Shanahan make him and the Niners an obvious fit.

Mike Silver of NFL Network thinks the pairing will happen, per NFL Media:

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Landing both Cousins and Garcon would be huge for a 49ers team that needs to completely overhaul its passing game. The team threw for a league-worst 181.9 yards per game last year, and its 19.2 points per contest was 27th.

While Garcon is not an elite option at the position, he would pair with Jeremy Kerley to give the team a solid, veteran foundation to build upon at wide receiver. Garcon is coming off a strong season, catching 79 passes for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns.

While he wouldn't give San Francisco the field-stretching, big-play threat the offense desperately needs, he would provide whatever quarterback ends up under center for the Niners with a solid possession receiver and safety net.

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