When Jerraud Powers lines up on Saturday against the Washington Redskins, a familiar face will be staring at him across the line of scrimmage. Powers will most likely be matched up against former indianapolis Colts WR Pierre Garcon. Garcon told a Redskins reporter yesterday that while he's excited about his opportunity in Washington, he never wanted to leave Indianapolis.
“I never wanted to leave Indianapolis,” Garçon said Tuesday. “That was my first option, to stay there. But football is football. Things happen.”
The Colts offered Garcon a generous deal to remain with the team, reported to be in the neighborhood of five years and $35 million. At the time, the Colts were in the midst of their roster purge after releasing Peyton Manning. It was all but certain Reggie Wayne was going to leave as a free agent and re-signing Garcon looked to be an imperative to give Andrew Luck someone with some experience to throw to besides Austin Collie.
Garcon ultimately rejected the deal and signed with the Redskins just after the beginning of the free agency period. Garcon's deal with the 'Skins for five years and $42.5 million including $20.5 million in guaranteed money plus an $11 million signing bonus. It is believed that the issue of guaranteed money was ultimately the impasse that led him to leave Indianapolis.
Garcon did squash rumors that both he and Reggie Wayne were being actively shopped around the NFL as a package deal with Peyton Manning prior to his release, calling those reports "hogwash."
“It was the offseason so they needed something to talk about,” he joked. “I guess that’s why that story came up.”
Garcon is off to a good start in Washington. He and Robert Griffin III have connected five times for 71 yards in portions of two preseason games, including a touchdown where Garcon did an acrobatic somersault into the end zone.
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