The 49ers informed Garcon on Thursday that they won't exercise his $6 million team option for 2019, allowing him to become a free agent in March, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The transaction only clears $1.53 million in cap space for the 49ers, but that provided enough of a benefit for the team to part ways with an aging wideout who missed 16 of 32 games due to injury during his two seasons in San Francisco. Set to turn 33 years old in August, Garcon most likely will have to settle for a one-year deal on the open market and probably won't be counted on to fill much more than a depth role with his next team.
The 49ers aren't expected to exercise the team option on Garcon's (knee) contract for the 2019 season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Garcon has had an injury-laden two years with the 49ers, residing on injured reserve both times for significant stretches. In 2018, a knee injury was to blame, and the 32-year-old managed to haul in just 24 of his 46 targets for 286 yards and one touchdown in eight games. Considering his age and the potential hit to the team's salary cap for the upcoming campaign ($6 million), Garcon is a good bet to join the free-agent market before the new league year kicks off March 13.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that Garcon (knee) isn't expected to return to the 49ers for the 2019 season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Garcon has landed on IR in both of his campaigns in San Francisco, missing the final eight games of 2017 with a neck issue and eight more contests this past season due to shoulder and knee injuries. As a result, the 32-year-old hasn't come close to upholding the five-year, $47.5 million contract he signed two offseasons ago. The 49ers hold a team option for each of the final three years of the deal, which Shanahan and general manager John Lynch don't seem keen on picking up. Expect a decision to be made on Garcon's future prior to the start of the new league year March 13.
Garcon will undergo season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery and be placed on injured reserve this week, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. For the second time in as many campaigns with the 49ers, Garcon is landing on IR, ensuring his least productive year (24-286-1) since he was a rookie in 2008. Overall, he accounted for 64 catches (on 113 targets) for 786 yards and one touchdown in 16 games while working with an array of quarterbacks in San Francisco. While Garcon is under contract through the 2021 season, the 32-year-old wide receiver could be a roster casualty in the offseason as a means to free up cap space.
The 49ers ruled Garcon (knee) out for Sunday's contest versus the Broncos, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Garcon hasn't demonstrated an ability to get healthy for the better part of two months. The knee injury will keep him on the sideline Sunday for the fifth time in six games. With Marquise Goodwin back from his personal issue, the 49ers' receiving corps will be nearly intact Sunday. Behind Goodwin, expect Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne to continue seeing significant snap counts in Garcon's absence.
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|1||09/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/13||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|12||11/24||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|14||12/08||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|16||12/22||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
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