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After finishing the last two seasons in IR, the 49ers have informed WR Pierre Garcon that they plan to part ways. The former sixth-round pick caught 64 balls for 786 yards and a touchdown in his brief two-year stint with the team.
Garçon will be a free agent in a WR class that’s not very deep. https://t.co/qZ1fLN0mic— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 14, 2019
The good news for the 32-year-old receiver is the 2019 NFL draft class of wide receivers is not particularly enticing at first glance. This should give Garcon a decent market for his services, but which teams should take a shot on the aging veteran?
New Orleans Saints
Garcon needs to face the fact that he will likely not be the top dog anymore. His body can't handle being peppered with a high number of hits per game, as evidenced by his last two incomplete seasons. Landing in a spot with an alpha receiver is the best course of action, and the New Orleans Saints have a need.
The Saints were desperate for a second option last season. When Tedd Ginn landed on IR early in the season, the team showed a willingness to take a shot on veterans Dez Bryant and Brandon Marshall. Neither was able to last long, but Garcon will have fresh legs for 2019.
Garcon fits the role of the veteran slot receiver. Operating out of the slot would put him in fewer press coverage scenarios and make generating separation that much easier.
Green Bay Packers
Just like the Saints, the Packers have a need at slot. After attempting to shop the now-free agent WR Randall Cobb, they clearly don't want to re-sign him. The Packers drafted three receivers
#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on the backlash he received from his rookie receivers on his criticism of them in practice a week ago. Says to not take it personal. He's here to win. pic.twitter.com/o91weAskOW— 燎 Packers #1 Fan™ 燎 (@ParkerMoes) August 14, 2018
This is where Garcon comes in. He would be able to man the slot while providing a veteran presence for the young receivers that frustrated Aaron Rodgers so much.
The Bills are very young with almost no receiver depth. They released Kelvin Benjamin and tried to rely on UDFA Robert Foster and 2017 second-round pick Zay Jones last year. This did not go to plan, as rookie QB Josh Allen threw for 2,000 yards (he was injured for part of the season).
Garcon offers stability to the receiver corp and potentially could be an alpha dog despite his advanced age. This would likely be the only landing spot that would give him the opportunity to be the No. 1 guy, so that could be the selling point.
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