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Kyle Shanahan: Pierre Garçon ‘Was The Best Wideout Available’

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he thought receiver Pierre Garçon “was the best wideout available” when free agency began, which helped the Washington Redskins sign him to a five-year, $42.5 million contract.

Garçon is expected to take over as the Redskins’ top receiver this coming season after spending his first four in Indianapolis. Though he had his best season last fall when he had 70 catches for 947 yards and six touchdowns, all of which were career highs, Shanahan said the numbers were not a factor.

“Wide receivers can’t really control whether they get the ball, whether they don’t get the ball,” he said. “You look at how the guy is wired. How talented is he? Can he get off bump? Does he have the physical build to separate versus NFL corners? And he’s as talented as it gets when it comes to that stuff. Does he have good hands? Is he physical? Pierre is fast as can be, he can get off bump, he can get in and out of his breaks, he has good hands and he’s fearless. He will block as good as anyone. He’ll put his face into anyone. He gets after it, he competes, and he’s everything I look for in a wide receiver.”

The Redskins also signed Josh Morgan, formerly of San Francisco, to what is essentially a two-year, $11.5 million contract, and have big plans for Leonard Hankerson, who is returning from a torn labrum in his right hip.

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