--Washington carried nine receivers at times last season, but none were true playmakers. Santana Moss will be 33 in June. Jabar Gaffney, who replaced 2005-10 No. 1 receiver Moss as the top target last year, is 31 and isn't a downfield threat either. Leonard Hankerson, a third-rounder in 2011, flashed briefly before suffering a season-ending hip injury and Anthony Armstrong, a huge surprise with a 19.8-yard average in 2010, disappeared last year.
Gaffney and Moss (who missed four games with a broken hand) combined for 347 yards after the catch last season. That's 19 fewer than Garcon produced by himself.
Former Indianapolis general manager Bill Polian, who drafted Garcon in the sixth round in 2008 out of Division III Mount Union because of his blistering speed and decent size, termed the Redskins' move "a great signing" and said he's "a perfect fit" for the Shanahans' offense. And to those who believe that Garcon was a Peyton Manning creation, he set career-highs with 70 catches, 947 yards and six touchdowns last season when Manning was sidelined after neck surgeries.
Now whether the 6-0, 210-pound Garcon, 25, is worth a five-year, $42.5 million deal with just about half guaranteed is another matter.
Morgan, 26, missed the final 11 games of 2011 with a broken ankle, but he caught 96 passes for 1,225 yards and five touchdowns the previous two years for San Francisco. A Washington native who played at Virginia Tech, the 6-1, 215-pound Morgan received, essentially, a $12 million, two-year deal with $7.5 million guaranteed (there are three voidable years in the contract).
--Left defensive end Adam Carriker, who has started all but one game the past two years and had a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2011 after being virtually given to Washington by St. Louis, re-signed a four-year, $20 million deal with $7 million guaranteed, on March 13.
"I'm back! #resign94complete," the 27-year-old Carriker posted on Twitter. "I NEVER WANTED TO BE ANYTHING BUT A REDSKIN!!!"
Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, a Pro Bowl pick in 2009 and 2010 and Washington's sacks leader with 7.5 last season, tweeted, "Congrats big homie one piece done for the best front 7!"
--While Carriker's return left the starting defensive line intact, three-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker London Fletcher, Washington's captain and the NFL's top tackler, was still unsigned as free agency moved towards its third full day, much to the chagrin of his teammates.
"Hey man, I'm standing at the front door of Redskin Park, WHERE YOU AT?!," Carriker tweeted.
And cornerback Josh Wilson, whom Fletcher helped recruit to become a Redskin last summer, posted this, "Hey remember when u called me???...Now I'm callin you...WE NEED YA!!!"
--Fullback Mike Sellers, who'll be 37 this summer and lost his job to the much younger Darrel Young last season, was cut on March 12. Sellers, who first signed with Washington out of the CFL in 1998, returned in 2004 after a year in Cleveland and two out of football. His departure this time leaves tight end Chris Cooley as the only player from 2004, the first season of coach Joe Gibbs' second Redskins tenure.
--Free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, who missed three games with muscle pulls and came off the bench in four after signing a five-year deal with the Redskins last March 3, was cut on March 12. Atogwe, who'll be 31 in June, picked off three passes and made 60 tackles but wasn't the playmaker that Washington expected. He had recorded 390 tackles, 22 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and five sacks during his six seasons with the Rams.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We thought it was important to do (the trade with St. Louis for the No. 2 overall pick) before free agency to allow us the proper planning, and to know what you're going to get with your first pick in the draft. It gives you great comfort and allows us to execute the game plan that we developed in early January." - General manager Bruce Allen on the timing of the Redskins' March 9 trade with the Rams, which will enable them to select one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft, Baylor's Robert Griffin III or Stanford's Andrew Luck, in next month's draft.
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