Pierre Garcon

49ers wide receiver uses Twitter to recruit Patriots cornerback

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49ers wide receiver uses Twitter to recruit Patriots cornerback

It looks like Pierre Garcon would like to play with Malcolm Butler.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 49ers wide receiver took to Twitter:

Butler -- who played 97.8 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps during the regular season -- was surprisingly benched and didn't play a single defensive snap in the Super Bowl.

The four-year pro will turn 28 years old on March 2.

He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 14.

Butler was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

49ers add DL, OT to roster ahead of game vs Cardinals; Garçon to IR

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49ers add DL, OT to roster ahead of game vs Cardinals; Garçon to IR

The 49ers on Saturday added defensive lineman Ronald Blair and offensive tackle Darrell Williams to their 53-man roster to be eligible to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

To create roster space for Blair and Williams, the 49ers placed wide receiver Pierre Garçon on season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury and released offensive lineman Bryce Harris.

The 49ers signed Harris this week in order for him compete against Williams for the duty of being the 49ers’ backup tackle behind likely starters Trent Brown and Erik Magnuson. Left tackle Joe Staley is expected to miss two games with an orbital fracture of his right eye. Veteran backup Garry Gilliam is also unavailable due to a knee injury.

Williams, who spent the first eight weeks on the 49ers’ practice squad, will be in uniform for the first time on Sunday during the regular season. He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Western Kentucky.

Blair is set to make his season debut after going on injured reserve after the initial cut to 53 players in September. Blair underwent surgery on his hand and returned to practice two weeks ago.

The 49ers selected Blair in the fifth round of the 2016 draft from Appalachian State. He recorded three sacks in 16 games as a rookie.

Pierre Garçon's injury the perfect metaphor for 49ers' season

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Pierre Garçon's injury the perfect metaphor for 49ers' season

You may choose which sin you think the San Francisco 49ers are paying for this time, but the team just announced that wide receiver Pierre Garcon is going to undergo season-ending neck surgery and is being placed on the team’s injured reserve list.
 
Garcon, the team’s leading receiver in this lost season (40 catches in 67 targets for 500 yards and no scores), originally incurred the injury during the 33-10 loss to Philadelphia, on a 13-yard completion with 1:17 left in the first half. He returned briefly in the third quarter for one final incompletion, and then was shelved.
 
As metaphors go for the year, this will do as well as any.
 
Indeed, Garcon may have provided it himself when he said after the game, “You learn a lot by losing. When you’re winning you think you’re on top of the world, but you learn a lot more from losing.”
 
What the 49ers have learned, though, is that teams that lose are also teams that lose players. Indeed, when new quarterback/designated savior Jimmy Garoppolo is handed the keys in one, two or four weeks, he will find just how bereft his new huddle is of healthy and productive players.
 
Garcon signed a five-year deal before this season that can be undone after next year, so the neck problem is not contractually career-ending. It is still one more ways in which the new 49ers still have much of the old 49ers to shed before they can course-correct.
 
And Garcon, one of the few productive 49ers, will be noticed for his absence – this week against Arizona, next week against the New York Giants and throughout the rest of this forlorn year.
 
But as the bad luck continues to pile up for this already underclubbed team, he may end up as merely one more line in a litany of reasons why a bad team freefell to the top echelon on next year’s draft.