Sakamoto: 49ers Bolster WR Unit With Proven Veteran And Burner, Release 3rd Round Pick

ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 03: Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins attempts to make a catch against Deji Olatoye #29 of the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch understood that he had to make moves in free-agency– to better improve his 2-14 squad. Well, he’s doing that, as the team agreed to terms with WR Pierre Garcon and WR Marquise Goodwin. Free-agents are not allowed to finalize contracts until the league year officially starts on Thursday at 1 pm. 

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Garcon is one of the most reliable wide receivers in the NFL. A sixth-round pick (No. 205) of the 2008 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Garcon has always been a security blanket for his signal-caller. Breaking into the NFL playing with one of the best in QB Peyton Manning, Garcon thrived in Indianapolis. 

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In three of his four seasons in Indy (2009-2011), Garcon was targeted 344 times while racking up 184 receptions for 2,496 yards and 16 touchdowns. Garcon would then take his talents to Washington, where he flourished for five seasons, posting two 1,000 yard seasons and 21 touchdowns. 

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A proven veteran with the savvy route-running to match, Garcon will be what WR Anquan Boldin was during his tenure in San Francisco. A reliable, consistent, professional, who will be looked upon to coach up the young ones behind him. 

In other news, the 49ers agreed to terms with Goodwin according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. A track star with blazing 4.2 40-yard speed, Goodwin’s diminutive size (5-9) will likely see him play the slot–allowing him to move in motion while getting a free-release off the LOS (line of scrimmage). 

Just one day after releasing under-achieving WR Torrey Smith and SS Antoine Bethea, it appears the 49ers will be cleaning house and rebuilding this franchise from the ground up, as 2014 third-round pick G/C Marcus Martin was also given his walking papers. 

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