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The truth about San Francisco 49ers' Pierre Garçon

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The truth about San Francisco 49ers' Pierre Garçon

The Redskins have been spending their 2017 season reuniting with familiar faces. 

First it was Sean McVay and the Rams, and this week it will be Pierre Garçon and the 49ers.

Many are saying the Redskins have to lock down Garçon from the get-go. He's certainly aggressive and the 49ers strongest weapon at wide receiver.

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For those of you thinking we'll be seeing a lot of Garçon on Sunday, that will be true. But, there's no reason to be afraid.

Allow former Redskins GM Charley Casserly to explain to you why Garçon will not beat the Redskins' defense come Sunday.

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In losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, Redskins would make free agency history

In losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, Redskins would make free agency history

DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon were vital members of a potent Redskins offense in 2016. Combined, the two receivers went for more than 2,000 receiving yards as the Washington offense accumulated the 3rd most yards in the NFL. 

Once free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jackson and Garçon will leave the Redskins. Jackson is headed south to join the Bucs, reportedly, and Garçon will move west, reuniting with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, reportedly. And with their exit, Jay Gruden's offense will lose more than 40 percent of the team's receving yards from the 2016 squad, making some history along the way.

To provide some context to the stat, it takes a few stars aligning for an offense to lose two 1,000 yard receivers. First, a team needs a good offense. Second, a team needs two good receivers. Third, a team needs both of those receivers to hit free agency at the same time.

For Washington, it was the perfect storm. 

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Looks like Pierre Garcon will make serious cash in San Francisco, per report

Looks like Pierre Garcon will make serious cash in San Francisco, per report

Pierre Garçon stands to make more in his first year with the San Francisco 49ers than he ever did in one season with the Redskins, per a new report.

In 2012, his first season in Washington, Garçon made more than $13 million. Still, his 2017 salary in San Francisco will trump that, according to Mortensen.

A good player, Garçon twice went for more than 1,000 yards receiving in five seasons with the Redskins. His best season came in 2013, when he caught 113 balls for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns. Kyle Shanahan called the plays that year in D.C., and with the Niners, Shanahan and Garçon will again be working together. 

Known for his fiery play on the field and demanding attitude in the locker room, Garçon could help spur a culture change on a San Francisco team trying to rebuild from a 2-14 season.

The money seems staggering, but remember, $16 million in his first year does not mean Garçon will make $16 million per year. This could be a front-loaded deal with a hefty signing bonus.

The 49ers have a mountain of salary cap room so it would make sense to pay Garçon early in this deal. He will be 31 when the season starts this fall.

The Redskins made little attempt to bring Garçon back in free agency, and reports of the Niners' interest came quick during the open tampering period. It might not have helped keep Garçon in Washington when reports that he requested a trade early in the 2016 season emerged.

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