NFL free agency won’t officially begin until the second week of March, but Redskins free-agent-to-be Pierre Garcon is already looking for a job.
“Y’all hiring?” he asked on Instagram Monday morning, a two-ish word question that prompted some to wonder if Garcon’s future prospects in Washington might be dim, and others to wonder how it is that we now attempt to predict future sports personnel moves via Instagram captions.
Garcon’s free agency is probably overshadowed by the team’s looming decisions about Kirk Cousins and DeSean Jackson, but of the three men, Garcon has been the most vocal about his desire to stay in Washington. He’s started more games here than the other two, owns businesses here and has gotten involved in local causes.
“I love playing in D.C.,” Garcon said in a December interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Redskins fans are amazing, regardless, year in and year out. I’ve been here for tough times in D.C. and I’ve been here for good times in D.C., and D.C. is where I want to be. D.C. is an amazing town. They love football, and I love being around people that love football. I love being in a place where football is No. 1, regardless of what happens.
“So I want to be in D.C., D.C. is home for me. I have family there, I have a business there. Everything that I could ever want is in D.C. So I want to be in D.C. forever.”
Free agents are wise to toss a few verbal love notes in the direction of their current home; this one went way beyond the PR requirements.
Washington has certainly been kind to Garcon’s on-field career, as well as his off-field pursuits. He has the seventh-most receptions in the NFL over the past four seasons, behind a list of mostly superstars: Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Julian Edelman and Golden Tate.
Despite playing in Washington for just five seasons, Garcon is ninth in franchise history in receptions and receiving yards, and has averaged more catches per game in Washington than the Hall of Famers ahead of him on those lists. Only Art Monk and Chris Cooley played more consecutive games with a reception for the Redskins.
Garcon, 30, caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards in 2016, the second-most receiving yards of his career. A similar season next year would put Garcon fifth in receptions in Redskins history, and seventh in receiving yards.
But that would require him reaching a new deal with the team. The Post’s Mike Jones reported that as many as five other teams are expected to court Garcon in free agency.
“I definitely want to be in Washington,” Garcon said in January. “I’m already living there. And I definitely want people to stop thinking that I’m a possession receiver because they gave me a job to do. That doesn’t mean I can’t go deep and I can’t run fast, because I ran fast and went deep this year more than I probably ever did. Every year is different from the play-calling, but I want people to stop thinking that I’m a slow guy, and I’m not slowing down any time soon.”
(And remember: This is just an Instagram caption. But feel free to come to conclusions)