49ers To Part Ways With Pierre Garcon

The 49ers will not pick up their option on wide receiver Pierre Garcon, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). The move terminates his five-year, $47.5MM contract just two years into the deal. 

Despite Garcon’s past accomplishments, his release does not come as a total surprise. Last year, he played in just eight games and finished out with just 24 catches for 286 yards and one touchdown. In 2016, the season before he signed with the Niners, Garcon put up 79 catches for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns, which is the kind of production SF expected.

Unfortunately, injuries slowed Garcon during his time in SF, limiting him to just eight games in each of the last two years. But, in 2017, Garcon showed promise with a 40/500 line that had him on pace for a very solid season.

Garcon will enter a thin free agent WR market, which could enable him to land a solid deal. However, with his 33rd birthday coming up in August, he’ll have to brace for a lesser salary and a shorter deal than his last pact.

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24 comments on “49ers To Part Ways With Pierre Garcon

  1. tank62

    Buffalo should bring him in they need a veteran receiver to help Foster and Zay Jones

    • rocky7

      Good in 2017…..he played half the season due to the injury bug that continues to sideline him….how’s that being “good” when you’re making better than $9Million per?

      • cka2nd

        If he had played the whole season in 2017, he was on his way to 80 receptions for 1,000 yards. That would generally be considered a good season, especially given the quality of the quarterbacks he had throwing to him.

        • rocky7

          IF he played which he didn’t. This is the point I was trying to make…..is he beyond that point age wise and physically where he is incapable of playing an entire season? He certainly wants to be paid that way but the smart GM would see through all that….in my opinion.
          You don’t pay for maybe, woulda, coulda…….bottom line is that he played for half a season and you don’t really know how his numbers would have played out.

          • cka2nd

            Yes, dear, we all got your point, but my point was that in the half a season that he played, he was, objectively speaking, “good,” as theking24 said, no matter how much he got paid. You could have made your point without questioning the fact that he played well in those eight games.

            My apologies for being a persnickety #$%^ now, but I am in a foul @#$%^&* mood.

    • SheltonMatthews

      If you were reliant on him to make your fantasy team good, you were doomed from the start.

  2. rocky7

    Looks like if you want a “veteran” receiver who most likely will take up one of the locker room hot tubs on a regular basis…he’s your man. Any GM that signs him with blinders on “hoping” he can regain his stats from what now almost 3 years ago, deserves to be shown the door!

    • bradthebluefish

      People will sign him for depth but certain not in assuming he’ll be a 1,000 yard WR.

    • Garcon needs to change his game. He’s played as a hard hitting over the middle slot receiver. He’s damn good at it. But he’s not recovering from those hits the way he used to. He’s a good enough receive to be able to switch over to a sideline possession receiver and still put up 40 to 60 receptions on a season. Not the $10 million man any more, but certainly the $6 million man.

      I’d love to see Garcon back in Washington. He’d pair well with Josh Doctson with Paul Richardson back as the third receiver potential deep threat where he belongs.

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