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Pierre Garcon will be testing free agency

Akeem Ayers,  Pierre Garcon AP

Since he turned down a reported five-year, $35 million offer from the Colts at the Combine, it has been considered a foregone conclusion that free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon would be testing the open market.

ESPN’s John Clayton confirms it will happen. Per Clayton, Garcon and the Colts engaged in contract talks over the weekend and into Monday, but no deal was struck. As a productive, 25-year-old receiver, Garcon is likely eyeing a deal in line with No. 1-caliber wideouts.

Whether he gets that in a deep receiver market remains to be seen, but Garcon is going to try. Clayton does report that Garcon will “stay in touch” with the Colts as he shops his wares around the league.

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70 Responses to “Pierre Garcon will be testing free agency”
  1. digitaldonnie says: Mar 12, 2012 2:11 PM

    He went to school just outside Cleveland…just saying

  2. preventoffense says: Mar 12, 2012 2:12 PM

    That is an awfully large tip for The Waiter who has only shown flashes and not the consistency such a figure demands.

  3. mrstinkypants says: Mar 12, 2012 2:12 PM

    Garcon- 5 years, $35 Million. Did you take a few shots to the head ? That’s pretty big time cash. Not sure where you think you are going to beat that offer!

  4. vegaskid21 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:12 PM

    Pierre Garcon and Joe Flacco must have the same agent.

  5. realnflmaster says: Mar 12, 2012 2:12 PM

    #3 receiver at best. Welcome to the JETS. Come get our championship bandwagon before it fills up! Wooooo.

  6. xstaticonradio says: Mar 12, 2012 2:13 PM

    He is not worth even what the Colts offered him. I hope he gets even less in free agency.

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 12, 2012 2:13 PM

    I predict the Vikings will make him a big offer early and try to convince him not to visit any other teams. They gave Bernard Berrian 7 years and $49 million a few years ago so I think they would offer at least that.

  8. benacci says: Mar 12, 2012 2:14 PM

    I like Garcon, but he is not a no. 1, he’s a no 2 that drops the ball.

  9. cashisking4life says: Mar 12, 2012 2:16 PM

    Andrew Luck was just a product of a jim harbaugh system but in place at Stanford. Andrew Luck’s ability to make a good play under pressure is not very good. the games I watched him, he would get flustered and throw the ball in areas where if the college db’s were paying attention they would’ve picked it, especially in the redzone. I hope he does great in the NFL. I see him throwing a lot of picks in the nfl, especially with a gutted colts roster…Its going to be a long, painful learning experience for luck in indy

  10. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 12, 2012 2:16 PM

    Who’s has the more talented receiving core, 2011 Standford Cardinal or the 2012 Colts? I think I’m going to give the edge to Stanford.

  11. beckzhere says: Mar 12, 2012 2:17 PM

    He’s not #1 WO material, but he would be a huge upgrade to many teams (Rams, Seahawks, Browns, etc..).

  12. cali49er707 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:17 PM

    i would love him on the 9ers but, for number#1 money???? i dont know about that

  13. 97tahoe says: Mar 12, 2012 2:18 PM

    Welcome to the Minnesota Vikikngs, Mr. Garcon.

  14. christos99 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    Weird, Pierre Garcon wasn’t cut yet? I thought Irsay pretty much released the entire roster.

  15. conormacleod says: Mar 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    25 years old is a big, big bonus for any team that wants him. But more than $7 mil a year?

  16. therealsmiley says: Mar 12, 2012 2:19 PM

    I would prefer him versus picking up V.J. Younger and I think he’ll play for his next contract. Hail!

  17. puckthefatriots says: Mar 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    Good riddance butterfingers

  18. colt2011 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:22 PM

    7 mil a year. Ooh that’s rough Pierre. You might be sorry you turned it down. Lots of FA’s looking for contracts/new homes.

    At least you know some of your teammates.

  19. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    If Minny can’t get Nicks or Carr, they’ll probably go after this guy.

  20. gotampabay52 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:24 PM

    Come to Tampa Bay

  21. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 12, 2012 2:26 PM

    MN already has a deal with him, just waiting for 4pm Tuesday. 5 yr 42mil 16mil guanteed.

  22. wannabeqb says: Mar 12, 2012 2:26 PM

    “Garcon is likely eyeing a deal in line with No. 1-caliber wideouts”

    ambitious for a guy who isnt a #1

  23. mrpickled says: Mar 12, 2012 2:29 PM

    As teddy KGB would say “pay that man his money”

  24. chowface86 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:29 PM

    Welcome to the Packers.

  25. gweez76 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:32 PM

    Better option for skins. Cheaper and younger with the speed to pop the top off coverage and give some room to the dual TEs

  26. vonmiller58 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:33 PM

    Pierre Garcon amd Chad Henne are the only 2 guys I want to go after in free agency this year. Turning down $35 million pretty much means the Browns won’t be in on this guy.

    I still like what Heckert is doing in Cleveland though, building through the draft.

  27. jsho55 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:33 PM

    Is anyone going to pay him like a #1 Wideout?

    I’d say that was a pretty fair contract from the Colts.

  28. truthfactory says: Mar 12, 2012 2:37 PM

    Wow… That seemed like a very good offer from the Colts. He has the opportunity to be paired up with Luck for the next 5 years but he passes?? This guy drops too many balls to be paid more than the $7 million/ yr Colts offered him. Anyone who disagrees, go back and watch the 2009 Super Bowl. The guy had some major butterfingers

  29. loungefly74 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:37 PM

    wow. Garcon thinks he can get more than $7 million a year? he is at best, a 2nd tier WR. he should have signed with the colts.
    …BUT…good for him if he can find a team willing to pay more…

  30. Stiller43 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:38 PM

    Any team would be foolish to pay and play him as a number 1.

    Which means someones likely will.

  31. webothlose says: Mar 12, 2012 2:39 PM

    The price of razing the house.

  32. 49erstim says: Mar 12, 2012 2:41 PM

    Wow. That’s a lot of money to turn down. Am I in the minority of thinking that Mr Garcon is only a #2 WR at best?

  33. fearthebengaltiger says: Mar 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    we would welcome you in cincinnati

  34. JackLeone says: Mar 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    The Colts’ damage control is a recipe for the number 3 overall pick in the 2013 nfl draft

  35. paleandpasty says: Mar 12, 2012 2:42 PM

    If he signs with the Colts he can guarantee he will not win a Superbowl or sniff the playoffs. The are worse off than a new franchise team.

  36. thetroofishere says: Mar 12, 2012 2:43 PM

    RG3 to Garcon for the next five years. Book it.

  37. istillbelieveinblue says: Mar 12, 2012 2:43 PM

    Now way the Colts overpay for Pierre. He is in no way a #1 caliber receiver. He provides a nice deep threat, but doesn’t run great routes, and drops way too many passes. He’s a solid #2 at best.

  38. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Mar 12, 2012 2:45 PM

    If the team has enough cap money,Wayne and Garcon should follow, wherever Manning ends up.

  39. lollygagger8 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:45 PM

    I love Garcon for how he competes after the catch for extra yards, but this is a real jerk move on his part. With all the drops he has, that contract is very attractive. I doubt he could make more elsewhere. He’s a great #2 receiver…..but #1?

  40. everydayimfumbilin says: Mar 12, 2012 2:46 PM

    he’d be hard pressed to get a better deal then what the colts gave him.

  41. lilrob10201 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:46 PM

    The Colts should consider bringing in Vincent Jackson or any other top free agent WR to give Andrew Luck some weapons.He will not have Reggie Wayne or Garcon then who is he going to throw to ?

  42. shaner329 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:47 PM

    We’re going to see a whole new Colts team this year that’s for sure

  43. pappert says: Mar 12, 2012 2:54 PM

    i think the money was perfect for him .. I think its bcuz peyton is gone..

    cuz this guy isnt worth more than 35 mill 5 yrs

  44. zeedoubleyou says: Mar 12, 2012 2:54 PM

    I pray that someone signs Garcon to a big-money deal. At those contract dollars, the 4th round comp pick coming back would be much more valuable than a WR who can’t catch the damn ball consistently.

  45. romosexualtendencies says: Mar 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    he sucks anyway….should’ve taken the $ from the Colts

  46. homelanddefense says: Mar 12, 2012 2:56 PM

    he is good, but Im not sure he is 7 million a year good. Even with Peyton as his QB he neverhad 1000 yards or more than 6TD’s. He is a nice player, but not sure he is a #1.

  47. braven4evr says: Mar 12, 2012 3:03 PM

    He will be a good catch after Mike Wallace signs. Wallace is probably the best receiver available.

  48. iwasinthepool says: Mar 12, 2012 3:07 PM

    Cincinnati.

  49. biggerballz says: Mar 12, 2012 3:08 PM

    where he’ll find no one wants a french guy with stone hands

  50. cags777 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:10 PM

    Even though we are rebuilding in Minny, I would love to have someone like Garcon compliment Percy, AP, Toby, Rupolph, and Ponder/Webb.

  51. peezwizz says: Mar 12, 2012 3:11 PM

    I’d much rather have the pats pick up someone like this rather than Wallace, Jackson, or LLoyd. Yeah they need a WR but they shouldn’t break the bank. Spend that money/picks on the defense! The offense can already move the ball.

  52. skinzfan1 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:12 PM

    Wow. I thought he was just waiting to see what happened with Manning first. How much more does he think he’s gonna command on the open market with the other guys who are available?

  53. ssingh85 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:13 PM

    This season he proved he can be productive without an elite QB throwing him the ball. If he gets his drops under control he is a legit threat. Many teams should be interested in him.

  54. 97tahoe says: Mar 12, 2012 3:15 PM

    Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings, Mr. Garcon.

  55. indycolts1 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:15 PM

    He has speed but, can’t be counted on as a sure handed receiver. 7mil a year is pretty generous if you ask me

  56. cali49er707 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:24 PM

    thetroofishere says:
    Mar 12, 2012 2:43 PM
    RG3 to Garcon for the next five years. Book it.

    sounds about right snyder would overpay him & bring him to the skins

  57. chefjayson says: Mar 12, 2012 3:31 PM

    Garcon is not gonna get #1 wideout money. He’s a possession reciever with a lotta speed that can stretch the defense out…but has hands made of bricks. He can look around all he wants…but I doubt he’ll get more than 35. Not with his uncanny ability to drop the easiest passes thrown to him.

  58. cynicalbengalsfan says: Mar 12, 2012 3:42 PM

    This could be the signing that makes Mike Brown loved by fans, but I have a better chance of being drafted at Guard by the Bengals in the 1st Round.

  59. cynicalbengalsfan says: Mar 12, 2012 3:43 PM

    indycolts1 says:
    Mar 12, 2012 3:15 PM
    He has speed but, can’t be counted on as a sure handed receiver. 7mil a year is pretty generous if you ask me

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    He runs some of the prettiest slants and curls in the league though.

  60. bmorethansteel says: Mar 12, 2012 3:44 PM

    Perfect fit for Flacco & co. Flacco loves to work the sidelines as does Garçon. It’ll never happen with the cap but would be fun to watch non the less.

  61. kahnsbushymustache says: Mar 12, 2012 3:48 PM

    Teams up with Cecil Shorts in Jacksonville to form the Mount Union Express!

  62. justafanofitall says: Mar 12, 2012 3:49 PM

    Give the guy a break….he just wants to see what else is out there. Besides…maybe he is just not too keen on playing with a rookie QB as last year wasn’t a picnic for him. He has talent and in the prime of his career doesn’t want to be on a rebuilding team. I wouldn’t be surprised if he signs for less just to be on a team with a veteran QB.

  63. ballboy48 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:09 PM

    I bet he ends up in Cleveland. Put he and Blackmon in Cleveland, and instantly their WR core goes from dud to stud!

  64. jnova80 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:29 PM

    Come to SF, but not for that deal.

  65. pappavike says: Mar 12, 2012 4:30 PM

    The Vikes need to add at least one FA reciver this year, Garcon,Colston, Or Manngham Any of these will help, Won’t cure, Not without other signings

  66. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 12, 2012 4:37 PM

    This could be the rat abandoning the sinking ship factor. He might just not want to be on a team in full rebuild mode and he will take the same money elsewhere.

  67. whodeybytches says: Mar 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    I’d love to see him paired up with AJ Green but I wouldn’t give him any more than what the Volts already offered him

  68. krakyahead says: Mar 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    I bet he ends up in Cleveland. Put he and Blackmon in Cleveland, and instantly their WR core goes from dud to stud!

    Not with Colt Mcoy at QB it wont.

  69. gorilladik81 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:44 PM

    Peyton made this jerkoff relevant he’s a number three at best

  70. gobills716 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:45 AM

    Put him opposite Stevie Johnson, with Roscoe Parrish and David Nelson in the slot. Then Freddy and CJ out of the backfield. Ryan Fitzpatrick would have no excuse. playoffs

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