Redskins Add Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan
The Washington Redskins appear to be headed for a major make-over. If the team’s trading for the number two overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft wasn’t evidence enough, their initial impact in the 2012 NFL free agency period should be.
Along with the expected addition of Baylor star quarterback in the draft, Washington has beefed up their passing game by adding explosive, play-making wide receivers, Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan.
Garcon, who confirmed the signing, appears to be vastly over-valued after a productive season in Indiapolis in 2011, despite the absence of Peyton Manning for the entire season. Regardless, Garcon saw his stock rise due to impressive numbers, as he caught 70 balls for 947 yards and six touchdowns. However, he did this on a 2-14 team, and benefited from some huge plays that may have made his numbers look better than they actually were. In reality, Garcon’s reported contract, worth roughly $42.5 million over five years, could have him go down as one of the biggest busts of the off-season if he doesn’t live up to his apparent number one receiver billing.
Morgan, who is close to a deal, would be regarded as a better signing if he hadn’t missed the majority of last season with a broken angle. Despite the slight injury concern, Morgan gives Washington a likely number two target who can make plays after the catch and can help stretch the field.
Just as important as these additions to a once suspect receiving corps, the new signings could very well spell the end for the soon-to-be 33-year old Santana Moss, and possibly even possession receiver Jabar Gaffney.
Second-year wide receiver Leonard Hankerson would round out the receiving corp’s top three, should the Redskins ultimately move on from Moss and Gaffney.