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Report: 49ers looking to reunite Redskins' WR Garçon with Kyle Shanahan

Report: 49ers looking to reunite Redskins' WR Garçon with Kyle Shanahan

Pierre Garçon may be headed to the West Coast.

The free agent receiver is reportedly a target of the 49ers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. That would reunite him with Kyle Shanahan, who was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator when Garçon signed with the team as a free agent in 2012. With Shanahan calling the plays in 2013 Garçon caught a Redskins record 113 passes.

In his five season with the Redskins Garçon has caught 326 passes for 4,549 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has been a reliable target for both Kirk Cousins and, before him, Robert Griffin III. Garçon spend his first four seasons in the league with the Colts after they made him a sixth-round pick out of Mount Union.

The Redskins signed him to a five-year, $42 million contract on the first day of free agency in 2012. He collected on every dollar he signed for, a rarity in an era where veteran players are often released before collecting more than a fraction of what sound like big-money contracts.

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What is somewhat curious here is that the 49ers do not have a quarterback on their roster. As in literally, not a single one. Would Garçon show interest in a team when he doesn’t know who will be throwing him the ball? Have the 49ers told Garçon of plans to bring in Kirk Cousins, the tagged quarterback who has been the subject of intense trade speculation recently?

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Don't believe trade hype: Bruce Allen insists Kirk Cousins will be Redskins quarterback in 2017

Don't believe trade hype: Bruce Allen insists Kirk Cousins will be Redskins quarterback in 2017

Kirk Cousins will be the Redskins quarterback in 2017. Period. At least that's the word from team president Bruce Allen.

"That's why we franchised him," Allen said of Cousins.

Asked about numerous trade rumors and reports on the Redskins single season passing record holder, Allen dismissed them all.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."

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Allen has spoken with Cousins representatives a number of times this offseason, and the organization still wants to get a long-term deal done with their passer. 

"Our goal from the beginning has been long-term," the team president said. "I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The team could again use a tag on Cousins, an option Allen mentioned. 

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Exclusive: Redskins' Bruce Allen answers questions on Scot McCloughan's firing: 'We needed clarity'

Exclusive: Redskins' Bruce Allen answers questions on Scot McCloughan's firing: 'We needed clarity'

PHOENIX -- The Redskins suffered a public divorce when the team dismissed Scot McCloughan from his general manager position earlier this month. Bruce Allen, speaking with CSN in Phoenix at the NFL Owner's Meetings, explained just how hard the decision was.

"It was difficult because his father and brother and I worked together for a number of years with the Raiders and enjoyed success together. When I brought [Scot McCloughan] to the Redskins obvisouly I was hoping for a good marriage. It is disapointing."

Allen said his organization needed clarity once free agency opened up, and removing McCloughan provided that.

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"I thought on the first day of the league year [March 9], the free agents we were bringing in, we needed clarity. And for our scouts to continue the good work we were doing we needed clarity for the season," he said. "The opening day made the decision."

Interstingly, Allen unequiovocally explained that McCloughan can go work elsewhere in the NFL.

"We hope it works out for Scot because now he can be hired by teams before the draft. He's available, and wish him the best."

Allen would not comment on any personal issues with McCloughan.

"I would never go into the personal conversations."

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