Pierre Garcon was recently released by the San Francisco 49ers after two years on a major deal. His production was not commensurate with his price tag, and the 49ers decided to void the deal. To be fair, during his time with the 49ers, he played in only seven games with a legitimately consistent quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo. It’s difficult to expect much from an aging receiver under these circumstances.
As a player, Garcon is a former Division III star who became productive in the NFL in large part due to his ability to stretch the field. Throughout his career he’s played for the Indianapolis Colts, the Washington Redskins, and most recently the aforementioned 49ers. He’s played in 148 games, amassed 7,854 yards, and caught 38 touchdowns.
Recently, he hasn’t had a great deal of success. As mentioned earlier, he played in only seven games with Garoppolo during his time with the 49ers. In those two seasons, he played in 16 games, amassed 785 yards and one touchdown. If he can stay healthy, playing with a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes should help these numbers significantly.
While his recent play has not garnered much attention, as recently as 2016 Garcon graded extremely highly. According to Pro Football Focus in 2016, Garcon ranked “Good” to “High Quality” in all pertinent categories. Again, I think Patrick Mahomes could elevate Garcon’s play to close to his 2016 production.
Garcon could be one of multiple players the Chiefs bring in. His most recent base salary with the 49ers was $6.6 million. Given his decline in play the last two seasons it’s likely the Chiefs could sign him to a fraction of that amount.