The NFL's free agency period kicks off at 4 p.m. on March 9, but even with that date less than a week away, upcoming free agent Pierre Garçon said the Redskins still haven't been in touch with him about a new contract.
"I haven’t heard anything from the Redskins," Garçon told his ex-Colts teammate Pat McAfee on Thursday during a chat on McAfee's podcast. "I have not heard anything at all. But everybody does strategic moves right before free agency, or right during free agency, so I couldn’t tell you what they’re up to."
When Garçon made that comment, he came across more matter-of-fact than he did upset. As he stated, sometimes teams won't talk to their own free agents until right before the market opens, so it's possible the Redskins are planning to do just that.
It is a bit interesting, though, that when McAfee inquired about franchises Garçon may like to join, the receiver — who's indicated a desire to stay in D.C. in the past — chose not to in this particular discussion.
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"Obviously, everyone’s connecting me to the L.A. Rams because Sean McVay, our ex-offensive coordinator is there," he said. "And Kyle Shanahan, the ex-offensive coordinator for the Falcons, is in San Francisco, so they’re saying that. Actually, any team that needs a veteran receiver, just to plug in and make that Super Bowl run, to tell you the truth."
Perhaps the 30-year-old was fighting ice with ice, or perhaps he was just focusing on new cities and forgot to list the one he's been in since 2012. But there's no doubt from his recent Instagram activity that the pass catcher is still confident in his abilities, and rightly so.
When free agency starts, teams are going to be calling Garçon. Whether the Redskins are among those calls, or reach out to him before they start coming in, is totally in their control.