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Washington Redskins make a run on free agent wide receivers


The Washington Redskins are serious about getting future quarterback Robert Griffin III, who they moved up to acquire with next month’s No. 2 draft pick,  the weapons he needs to be successful in 2012, coming to terms with three free agent wide receivers.

Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon was the first to sign almost immediately after the free agency period started, agreeing to a five year, $42.5 million dollar contract with Washington.

Garcon is a good young, speedy, all be it at times inconsistent receiver.

However he has demonstrated the ability to get deep, as well as run after the catch, as good or better than any receiver in the league.

In four season with the Colts Garcon managed 188 catches for 2,519 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Ironically his best season as pro came last year with no Peyton Manning, when he amassed 947 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

While reports seemed to fluctuate at times, it has been tenatively confirmed that former Denver Broncos receiver Eddie Royal has signed with the Redskins after a brief break down in talks.

(It’s still un-confirmed if Royal has actually signed with the Redskins. Several sites are reporting that he has, while several others are reporting  that he has not. As of now nothing has officially been filed with the league office.)

The former Virginia Tech standout was drafted 42nd overall by current Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan in 2008, of course when Shanahan was still the head coach of the Broncos.

That season Royal had a career-high 91 catches for 980 yards and five touchdowns. In his four year career Royal has 2,107 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns.

Lastly former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Josh Morgan agreed to a two-year, $12 million dollar deal to change divisions from the NFC West to the NFC East.

Morgan played in only five games as the number two receiver behind Michael Crabtree in 2011 after breaking his leg. Since 2008 Morgan has 131 receptions for 1,764 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Yesterday the 49ers reached a deal with veteran wide receiver Randy Moss, which likely helped facilitate Morgan’s departure from the bay area.