The 49ers won’t waste any time filling out one of their thinnest positions, wide receiver, when free agency officially opens Thursday. The team is expected to sign veteran Pierre Garcon to add depth and experience.
He’ll also be the only player on the 49ers to have contributed more than 1,000 yards through the air in 2016.
According to ESPN, the Niners will pay Garcon $16 million in his first year in Santa Clara. That’s a significant pay raise from the $10.2 million he made last season.
When Pierre Garcon finalizes deal with 49ers, as expected, league sources believe he will make $16 million in first year.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 8, 2017
That price tag seems high when considering 32-year-old Brandon Marshall will sign with the New York Giants on a two-year, $12-million contract.
Garcon, 30, got into the end zone three times last season, but served Washington well as a third option in the passing game with Kirk Cousins spreading the ball around to several options.
Adding Garcon was one of new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s top priorities, according to NFL.com. The expectation is Garcon will combine with Jeremy Kerley and possibly another big option to round out the receiving corps.
The 49ers also will be adding Marquise Goodwin, a speedy receiver and former track athlete. He had 29 catches, averaging 14.9 yards per reception last season with the Bills. He could fill the slot role previously held by Quinton Patton.
Another player expected to come on board: fullback Kyle Juszczyk, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens.
49ers set to give former Ravens FB Kyle Juszczyk a 4-year deal worth $21M.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 8, 2017
General manager John Lynch and Shanahan have been slowly transforming the 49ers into a group of Shanahan-favorites. His coaching staff is filled with people he used to work with, and he’s prioritized his former players in free agency negotiations so far.
The 49ers could still swing a trade for Kirk Cousins, which was a big talking point on Tuesday when a podcast cited sources saying a deal was done (it wasn’t). And that remains in play even after adding Brian Hoyer, a free agent and former Shanahan pupil.
Free-agent signings can become official Thursday at 1 p.m.