Redskins, Josh Morgan strike a deal

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By late April, the Redskins will have a quarterback.  And they’re now rounding up receivers.

Not long after signing Pierre Garçon from the Colts, the Redskins have struck a deal with former 49ers receiver Josh Morgan, a league source tells PFT.

It’s a five-year deal that, based on the language, will void to two years.  The device was used to push 80 percent of the cap hit for the signing bonus into 2013, given the Redskins’ unexpected loss of $18 million in 2012 cap space.

The two-year deal is worth up to $12 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed.  (It’s unclear at this point how much of it is “fully” guaranteed or guaranteed for injury only.)

The four-year veteran grew up in D.C.  He had a career-high 698 receiving yards in 2010.

56 responses to “Redskins, Josh Morgan strike a deal

  1. Hell to the Redskins! Cowboys fan here, just glad to see them signing people with the NFL laying down the cap b/s. May the ‘Boys follow suit.

  2. So 7 mil to morgan and 7 mil a season to Garcon thats 14mil of the 18mil they had for free agency correct? Or is there dirty math in there for signing bonuses?

  3. Can’t wait for all the insightful original hater comments.
    Hankerson at 6’3″ will be our number 1 followed by Morgan and garçon 2 and 3.
    Huge upgrade at the overall core.
    If they get royal too, adds depth and a punt returner. Banks is better on kick offs.
    But I still can’t wait for the brilliant comments on DRC and other phenomenal corners shutting them down.

  4. 5 year, 21.5 million guranteed to Garcon who drops way too many balls and now 7.5 million guranteed to Morgan who is coming of a serious ankle injury. Snyder and the Redskins don’t get it and never will. They will get RG3 but he is going to get killed behind the Skins offensive line.

  5. Seriously? We don’t need another 6 foot receiver. Two years 7.5 guaranteed for a guy who caught 5 balls last year. I don’t know about this one.

  6. Banks is better on kick offs.


    You can assume Banks is gone. No way they are keeping a situational special teamer when you have at least 3-4 other possible kick returning RECEIVERS on the roster that can also play offense.

  7. Wash. is making moves and may be spending a bit, but these deals won’t work out right away. Its going to take time, and they don’t have any 1st round picks to use the next few years.

    They are deffinetly rebuilding, but fans need to be patient. There will be growing pains, and this will take a couple seasons to figure out if it will work or not.

  8. Great strategy by Washington. Its called the Hokey-Pokey strategy of signing free agents. Since they have absolutely no idea whatsoever on how to spot talent, they figure that they’ll sign every FA WR available. Then, they’ll put them all in a bag, shake them all around, and see which ones come about!

  9. As a 49er fan, I’m sad to see him go.

    WAY too much money tho.

    ‘Skins fans will like him. Slow WR, but works hard, blocks great, and despite his lack of speed is able to get open.

    It is odd tho that you would post a picture taken RIGHT after he broke his ankle last year.

  10. RG III is going to have weapons.. just remember how the “shoot and poop” offense just got sucked down the drain with Jim Kelley in Houston with Mouse Davis.

  11. Surrounding a rookie QB with young, high caracter talent. That’s how an organization should be run. Not over paid divas who will destroy a rookie and the locker room. Thanks Bruce and Shanny

  12. Your best receiver (highest paid) is now a glorified number 2 in garcon? Morgan should be a 3, not a 2…looks like more overpaying for overrated free agents for the skins.

  13. Hard to read for fellow Niners fans…
    Harbaugh’s had great implementation on his ideas and plans so far, let’s hope he planned for this with a solid replacement…

  14. I’m floored by how much money they gave Garcon.

    Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Or just flip to the word in the dictionary and see Daniel Snyder’s picture. Same difference.

  15. Cowboys fan here and sad to say Redskins in one day have gotten alot better. With their defense and RG3 coming to town these #2 and #3 wide receivers on their previous team will now be legit targets for the mobile and strong arm RG3. Plus they still have their draft to find a true #1 receiver. Didnt they just swap 1st round picks with rams for this year so they could potentially grab a great receiver at pick #6

    And Eagles corners couldnt tackle a wide receiver most of last year

  16. No hate here, congrats to Morgan. He is an underrated player who, besides last year, typically stays healthy. He is quicker then he looks and runs clean routes (i.e. he gets separation, which is what Crabtree needs to learn!). I’m disappointed that the 9ers didn’t resign him, seems like a reasonable deal they could have matched but…In Baalke and Harbs I trust!

    Good luck Joshua!

  17. The Redskins are raising a two handed middle finger salute to the NFL today. Stocking up on wide receivers that aren’t big names but have quality potential and are young.

    Santana Moss is gone – he lost favor with this coaching staff last season with his drops and he is getting old and injury prone. Expect his exit soon.

    The next sound you hear will be the lawsuit filed against the NFL to force an injunction against the unlawful and illegal collusion that the NFL has just demonstrated.

    NFL commish – you might want to find another job. You are the weakest link. Goodbye.

  18. So 7 mil to morgan and 7 mil a season to Garcon thats 14mil of the 18mil they had for free agency correct? Or is there dirty math in there for signing bonuses?
    I guess anyone with an internet connection is now a salary cap expert. How about starting with the fact that many of these figures – which are only news reports to being with – are pro-rated over the years of the contract.

  19. I liked Moragn in SF. He is a team player. He may not be an amazing receiver but when the RGIII breaks off for a huge TD run I promise u Josh will be blocking somebody well downfield. Best of luck to u Morgan.

  20. urfinished says:Mar 13, 2012 6:55 PM

    Can’t wait for all the insightful original hater comments.
    Hankerson at 6’3″ will be our number 1 followed by Morgan and garçon 2 and 3.


    Don’t go making predictions on Hankerson just yet. Report from a Skins beat reporter is Hankerson is still on crutches and that the average Skins fan isn’t aware just how serious this injury was. Also, Hankerson might not be on the field running until deep in the summer. As a Skins fan that is not good news, and the signing of Morgan suggests Shanallenhan is not counting on Hankerson for much this year, or ever…

  21. Do the redskins have cap space or not?

    What is the outcome of the 36million dollar retraction for the League Office?

    Are they signing FAs as if they still had the 36million or are these signings within their revised cap space?


  22. With as many teams with money needing WRs, why would Morgan sign a deal that voids after two years?

  23. RG3 can grow with this group. Garcon and Royal are both quick and fast. Morgan might be the one most fun to watch though. As you can see the Niner’s fan blogs all make reference to the solid player he is. Although not considered fast or quick, he still gets good separation and if anyone saw the Niner win over the Eagles last year he was abusing their defensive backs. He caught one TD pass where I don’t think he was even touched. In short, plays big and is an excellent route runner.

    Happy Days are Here Again!

  24. Redskins fans, you are going to love Josh Morgan! I good citizen, does a lot of community work, great at down field blocking, hard worker that can run slants. As a Niner fan, I am not happy that our GM, Baalke did not match that contract offer. I guess in the end, Josh wanted to go back home. Good luck, Joshua.

  25. Very sad to see Josh Morgan leave. If you’ll notice the 9ers fans on here are sad to see him go. Tough, physical receiver. This cat is quality. BIG JM fan!
    People that are hating have never watched him play.

  26. As a 49er fan I hate to lose Josh, but holy cow $6 million per year? This reminds me somewhat of the 49ers signing of Brandon Jones a few years ago . . . mystifying.

  27. Remember in 2006 when the ‘Skins traded for Brandon Lloyd and signed Antwan Randle El in the same offseason? These moves with Garcon and Morgan remind me of that…does Dan Snyder ever learn?

  28. i cant be mad at morgan for leaving , he gets to go back home to DC & where he went to college (VA TECH) just wish we would have been able to keep him. decent hands & deceptive speed should help da skins GOOD LUCK JOSH unless you playing my 9ERS

  29. Haters gonna Hate….

    Skins have to “Shake it up” a bit, even if it does mean bringing in some talented, somewhat “untapped” potential….RG3 is a new Era in Washington..we have to give him as much fuel as possible to create a spark here….I know its easy to hate on the Skins …but we seem to be going in a positive direction… a fanbase as passionate as Washington’s has waited long enough.

  30. I know if I was coming out of college to QB the Redskins, I would be so excited to know my two receivers are……. Pierre Garcon & Josh Morgan? He must be as excited as McNabb when the Eagles got James Thrash & Todd Pinkston!

  31. the skins have filled the skilled positions on offense and i look for them to focus on o-line and db’s in the draft with the seven picks they have! hail!

  32. the difference between vjax and garcon is garcon can catch the ball and score and can play with any qb vjax is a big posession wr who depends on the big catch from an all pro qb.. he doesnt get much yards after contact which garcon does and i just dont see him going to tampa and doing nothing but flunking sorry dudes overrated! hail!

  33. Congrats Skins fans, you just picked up a very underrated player. Morgan would have produced a lot better with a quarterback better than Alex Smith all these years. As a lifelong SF fan, I’m sad to see him go. You’ll be happy with this acquisition.

  34. Wish Morgan stayed with SF…. But 6 million a year for a guy that was hurt for half the year!

    That could have got them Reggie Wayne… i think i would have taken Wayne over Morgan.

    9ers get Moss, and will trade their first for Wallace 🙂 And sign Peyton!

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