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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