ESPN Wide receiver Pierre Garcon will likely again be playing in Kyle Shanahan’s offense in 2017, but this time for the San Francisco 49ers and not the Washington Redskins. Garcon can’t finalize his deal with the 49ers until 4 p.m. Thursday, but when the contract is signed, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen they believe he will make $16 million in its first year. Shanahan was hired as the 49ers head coach this offseason. Shanahan was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator for Garcon’s first two seasons in Washington, 2012 and ’13.
Veteran wide receiver Pierre Garcon agreed to join the San Francisco 49ers, and by doing so, he got himself paid. Pierre Garcon will make $16 million during the 2017 NFL season, and the 49ers could afford to front load the contract, because they have a ton of cap space. In comparison, the New York Giants signed the far more productive 32-year-old Brandon Marshall to a two-year contract worth $12 million, but Marshall apparently gave the Giants a discount because the former Jets star did not want to relocate his family. Garcon will be 31-years-old at the start of the 2017 season.
One reason the 49ers signed Garcon is his familiarity with the offense being implemented by new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was formerly Garcon’s offensive coordinator in Washington, and the two apparently have a great relationship. Another reason is because it’s no secret that the 49ers are trying to trade for Redskins starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, and with his close friend who happens to be one of his favorite targets Pierre Garcon on the roster, Cousins may be more inclined to force a trade to San Fran.