Pierre Garςon is poised to cash in

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The last time receiver Pierre Garςon became a free agent, he made $13.5 million in the first year. This time around, he’ll do even better.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Garςon is expected to make $16 million in the first year of the contract he’ll sign with the 49ers. It’s hardly a blind, Osweiler-style roll of the nice. His new coach, Kyle Shanahan, was the offensive coordinator when Garςon signed his five-year, $42.5 million deal in Washington five years ago.

At a time when many scoff at free-agency contracts as being one- or two-year deals, Garςon played every game and cashed every check. He’ll now be cashing some big checks from the 49ers.

And before anyone says “Garςon isn’t worth $16 million this year,” keep in mind a couple of facts. First, the salary cap has shot from $120 million in 2012 to $167 million in 2017, an increase of nearly 40 percent. Second, the NFL is a highly popular and profitable product; the good players deserve to get paid, especially since plenty of people who never suit up are making plenty of money from the game, too. Owners, for example, are making a lot more than $16 million in pure profit every year, and they will be cashing checks for a lot longer than players ever can.

So kudos to Garςon and every other guy who gets paid in the coming days. Get what you can, while you can. The owners will be getting a lot more than that, for a lot longer.

23 responses to “Pierre Garςon is poised to cash in

  1. Also keep in mind that “16 million this year” includes his full signing bonus, which is amortized over the deal.

    Making 16 million isn’t making 16 million. It is a big up front payday on a lower average annual contract, and the up front pay day makes up for the back end not being at all guaranteed.

  2. It would be smart to sign him to a 4 year 45 million deal with huge cap hits now when you have the room and smaller cap hits in years you expect your team to be more competitive. Could be a smart deal but we won’t know till the numbers come out.

  3. It doesn’t matter what the cap number is. It’s still better to pay a LOT of good players than to overpay fewer. Does Garcon deserve to be paid as a top 5 WR? Sorry, don’t think so.

  4. seems like a lot to pay for any reciever that will be playing defensive back on most plays.

  5. Pierre deserves anything he gets. Could have easily been a malcontent during the years of RGIII chaos and other Snyder dysfunction but instead kept his head down, mouth shut and did whatever was asked of him.
    Good guy, good player, good human.

  6. “And before anyone says “Garςon isn’t worth $16 million this year,”
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    Without knowing the rest of the deal’s value it’s hard to comment on whether he is ‘worth’ $16m in the first year. If the second pays him $4-5m then in today’s market that would put him in about the right slot considering SF has to overpay to get a WR to go to a team when he has no idea who might be throwing him the ball. It’s all relative, if he were getting that type of money from Dallas, Atlanta, NE, Pittsburgh, etc then he would not be worth it since they have established weapons in proven offenses that aren’t searching for an identity and rebuilding.

  7. Also keep in mind that “16 million this year” includes his full signing bonus, which is amortized over the deal.

    Making 16 million isn’t making 16 million. It is a big up front payday on a lower average annual contract, and the up front pay day makes up for the back end not being at all guaranteed.
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    actually if I had to guess; the contract will be $16 in the first year. The Niners have over $100M in cap space. They’ll probably structure the deal so that instead of a $16M signing bonus spread across X number of years; it gets lumped in to a first year guaranteed salary (paid at the start of the league year). Then he’d get a relatively small standard structured salary in the next few years of the contract. This allows the Niners to keep more cap space free in the future (since cap space isn’t an issue this year).

    It shouldn’t matter to Garcon since either way a signing bonus or 1st year guarantee he gets his money right away.

  8. Skins’ fan here. I don’t think he’s worth $16 million–but he’s always been healthy, has rare drops, good at getting open even before DJax joined.

    I’m not saying he’s worth $16 million a year at 30 years, but his past level of play ensure some idiotic team will shell the dough.

    As a skins’ fan, I will say for his health and production–he was a steal for the redskins at $8.5 million a year

  9. The Redskins were barely .500 last year and are poised to lose a lot of decent to good players. They are going from having one of the best receiving groups to one of the worst. We may be looking at 6-10 even if Cousins returns, which isnt guaranteed.

  10. The Haitian Sensation! Good luck PG. Heck of a baller. Complain about the money SF fans, but hes gonna get your respect with his play. You’ll change your tune.

  11. It’s not worth 16 million annually. When Tom Brady signed his 41 mill extension he got 28 mill as a signing bonus. The number will do way down after year 1, but the Niners have so much money under the cap that they are front loading their contracts so they have money in the future. The Niners cap number is very high this year because they rolled money over from last year. They are being very smart.

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