The Redskins could lose not one but two of their top wide receivers in free agency next month.
DeSean Jackson has long been thought to be a goner but it is very possible that Pierre Garcon could be joining him in leaving Washington.
Many have thought that there was very little chance that both would leave. We
presented this possibility as a very legitimate scenario on January 2
, the day after the season ended.
Garcon wants to stay. He feels some sense of loyalty and has big business interests in the area but he isn’t a dummy. He understands already that the Redskins are likely not going to be the top-bidder.
He also understands the Rams, 49ers, Bears and others are going to be aggressive in their pursuit of him.
busy taking social media selfies in the Redskins Park weight room
, which created some buzz because, well, it was February 7
and usually it is hard enough to find him at Redskins Part on April 7
or May 7
for that matter. Yet there Jackson was. For real.
Per Ben Standig of BreakingBurgundy.com, he’s been there regularly during the off-season.
Jackson's market is shaping up with the Eagles, Chiefs and Rams the likely three top contenders.
It’s very strange only because of
Jackson’s own actions over the last few years
. You had a better chance of seeing Santa Claus working out in Ashburn than Jackson, especially at this time of the year.
The only reason why this is even a story is because of what
John Keim of ESPN
Brian McNally of 106.7 The FAN
Keim reported that the Redskins had not been in touch with a bunch of their guys
and McNally reported that there is a divide between which one of the two receivers Redskins officials hold in higher regard (link above).
Keim has also regularly reported on this issue. I’m not exactly sure how the executives feel about either player. I’ve heard some things that would back up this divide, but I have not confirmed this with enough people to write it in stone.
After speaking to someone familiar with the situation briefly on Tuesday, I didn’t get a good sense that this was heading in the right direction, but perhaps that will change.
Either way, Redskins fans are going to be furious if both Garcon and Jackson leave. One is understandable and has long been accepted. Both is not tolerable to just about anybody that I’ve talked with.
If both Garcon and Jackson left via free agency, the Redskins would be left with Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, Ryan Grant and Maurice Harris at the top of the depth chart in terms of the receiver group while Jordan Reed and presumably Vernon Davis (another free-agent) would be at the top of the tight-end group.
I totally get the fury. I would have a lot of angst about the situation only because Doctson is a complete mystery at this point, and there’s nobody that can deny that.
If the Redskins lose both Jackson and Garcon, it would almost certainly suggest that the Redskins would be looking for an explosive playmaker at the receiver position in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft.
even in the first round?
Once again, this would make the natives furious, even though the need would be real. Why? Because Doctson was a complete failure and the way the Redskins managed the injury was a debacle.
Also, because defensive talent is the clear big picture need.
But what if Mike Williams from Clemson or Corey Davis from Western Michigan were to be around when the Redskins are on the clock at # 17?
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Media
has both ranked in his top-ten list of prospects. What about the D-Jax like John Ross from Washington?
If Jackson and Garcon were to leave, the receiver position is not only in play but it is a clear need because you cannot in any way count on Doctson’s health and Reed’s injury history is always a concern.
The Redskins took care of Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan and Reed a year before they became free agents. They targeted three core elements of their organization and moved forward. They did the right thing with those three players but free agency is a different beast. There was no competition for those three players' services.
The only positive that I can think of is that the Redskins would be true to the identy that many wanted. A team built largely by the draft and one that is young and much more affordable. Jackson just turned 30 a few months ago. Pierre Garcon will be 31 before the season starts.
Is that 'mantra' of younger, cheaper and more controllable a good enough selling point for you?
Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for six seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for the last five. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Network (www.DCHotRead.com), WashingtonTimes.com, BreakingBurgundy.com & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN