Jay Gruden knows both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon are in the final year of their contracts - but the coach isn't worried about that. For now.
"I think when the season is over we start talking about that," Gruden said on Wednesday.
The plan called for rookie first-round pick Josh Doctson to simplify the Redskins' front office pending decisions on Garçon and Jackson, but that hasn't worked out. Doctson missed the bulk of his rookie year with an Achilles injury, and while there was some slim hope Doctson might be able to come back in the late stages of the 2016 season, that door has closed.
The Redskins placed Doctson on the injured reserve list in October, and earlier this week designated center Kory Lichtensteiger as the player to come back from the IR. That move ends Doctson's season.
"It is disappointing for all of us," Gruden said of shutting Doctson down. "You know, we had high hopes for him coming out of TCU and the talent that he has and he’s disappointed but these things happen."
The coach allowed that the team didn't get to see much out of Doctson - who played just two games - and that won't help in the evaluations for the long-term need at wideout.
"That does make it tougher but we’re not worried about that. I think right now it’s all about trying to get the guys that we have to play well and play hard and get us to where we want to go. When the season is over, we’ll address all the free agents, the receivers and all of them in general, so that time will come," the coach said.
On the season, Garçon has 59 catches for 714 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. Jackson has missed one game but has comparable stats with 644 receiving yards and three TDs on only 39 catches.
Both receivers, Garçon and Jackson play the position much different. Jackson is a vertical speed threat while Garçon is a much more physical wideout. At various times, Gruden has spoken very highly of both players, and for good reason.
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