The 49ers informed Garcon on Thursday that they won't exercise his $6 million team option for 2019, allowing him to become a free agent in March, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The transaction only clears $1.53 million in cap space for the 49ers, but that provided enough of a benefit for the team to part ways with an aging wideout who missed 16 of 32 games due to injury during his two seasons in San Francisco. Set to turn 33 years old in August, Garcon will most likely have to settle for a one-year deal on the open market and probably won't be counted on to fill much more than a depth role with his next team.
Feb 14, 2019 6:18 AM EST
The 49ers aren't expected to exercise the team option on Garcon's (knee) contract for the 2019 season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Garcon has had an injury-laden two years with the 49ers, residing on injured reserve both times for significant stretches. In 2018, a knee injury was to blame, and the 32-year-old managed to haul in just 24 of his 46 targets for 286 yards and one touchdown in eight games. Considering his age and the potential hit to the team's salary cap for the upcoming campaign ($6 million), Garcon is a good bet to join the free-agent market before the new league year kicks off March 13.
Jan 29, 2019 11:02 AM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that Garcon (knee) isn't expected to return to the 49ers for the 2019 season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Garcon has landed on IR in both of his campaigns in San Francisco, missing the final eight games of 2017 with a neck issue and eight more contests this past season due to shoulder and knee injuries. As a result, the 32-year-old hasn't come close to upholding the five-year, $47.5 million contract he signed two offseasons ago. The 49ers hold a team option for each of the final three years of the deal, which Shanahan and general manager John Lynch don't seem keen on picking up. Expect a decision to be made on Garcon's future prior to the start of the new league year on March 13.
Jan 24, 2019 1:36 PM EST
Garcon will undergo season-ending arthroscopic knee surgery and be placed on injured reserve this week, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: For the second time in as many campaigns with the 49ers, Garcon is landing on IR, ensuring his least productive year (24-286-1) since he was a rookie in 2008. Overall, he accounted for 64 catches (on 113 targets) for 786 yards and one touchdown in 16 games while working with an array of quarterbacks in San Francisco. While Garcon is under contract through the 2021 season, the 32-year-old wide receiver could be a roster casualty in the offseason as a means to free up cap space.
Dec 10, 2018 4:23 PM EST
The 49ers ruled out Garcon (knee) for Sunday's contest versus the Broncos, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Garcon hasn't demonstrated an ability to get healthy for the better part of two months, and a knee injury will keep him on the sideline Sunday for the fifth time in six games. With Marquise Goodwin back from his personal issue, the 49ers' receiving corps will be nearly intact. Behind Goodwin, expect Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne to continue seeing significant snap counts in Garcon's absence.
Dec 7, 2018 1:51 PM EST
Garcon (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Perhaps Garcon was taking a test run of his knee with his limited showing at Wednesday's practice, but his downgrade to no participation Thursday isn't a good sign that a return is possible Sunday against the Broncos. If he's ruled out on Friday's injury report, it would mark his fifth absence in six games. In such a scenario, Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis would serve as the top wide receivers for Nick Mullens versus Denver's 23rd-ranked pass defense (260.8 yards per game).
Dec 6, 2018 3:10 PM EST
Garcon (knee) wasn't on the field for the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Garcon appeared to increase his odds of avoiding a fourth straight absence Sunday against the Broncos when he opened the week as a limited practice participant, but his lack of activity a day later once again puts his gameday status in jeopardy. It's possible the 49ers were deliberately building in a rest day for the veteran, but unless Garcon practices fully Friday, he'll more than likely carry a designation for Week 14. Even if Garcon ultimately gains clearance to suit up this weekend, it wouldn't be surprising if he played a more limited role than usual with Marquise Goodwin (personal) set to return from a two-game absence and rookie Dante Pettis having made a case for increased snaps through his standout play the past two weeks.
Dec 6, 2018 1:17 PM EST
Garcon (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Before he was ruled out for a third consecutive game last week, Garcon maintained limited listings on practice reports, so progressing to a full showing would be the most definitive development that a return is possible this weekend. He'll have two more opportunities to do just that before the 49ers will be mandated to post his odds to play Sunday against the Broncos. If he's able to, Garcon will have to contend with fellow wideout Marquise Goodwin, who missed the last two contests due to a personal issue.
Dec 5, 2018 2:42 PM EST
Garcon (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Seattle, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Garcon and Marquise Goodwin (personal) both missing another game, the 49ers will continue to rely on Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James at wide receiver. Garcon did manage limited practice participation this week, suggesting he could be back for a Dec. 9 game against the Broncos.
Nov 30, 2018 1:47 PM EST
Garcon (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: While he's maintained his activity level in both practices this week, Garcon may be building toward his first game action since Nov. 1. He has one more session to fit in every rep, at which point his availability will be included on the 49ers' final Week 13 injury report. In a receiving corps with another question mark in Marquise Goodwin (personal), the trio of Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James could be Nick Mullens' primary options yet again Sunday at Seattle.
Nov 29, 2018 5:18 PM EST
Garcon (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: The activity marks Garcon's first in an official practice since Oct. 31. Since that session, he posted a 3-56-1 line on five targets Week 9, which he followed up with back-to-back absences Weeks 10 and 12. He seems to be trending in the right direction, but optimally he'll build up to a full listing to clear up any question about his potential to play. If Garcon requires more time to recover and Marquise Goodwin (personal) remains away from the team, the 49ers will turn to Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James at wide receiver for a second game in a row.
Nov 28, 2018 4:36 PM EST
Garcon (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Garcon didn't play in Weeks 8 and 10 and still isn't ready to practice or play after a Week 11 bye. Kendrick Bourne started both of the games Garcon missed, catching 11 of 16 targets for 104 yards in those two contests. Dante Pettis and Richie James are also candidates to handle some of the vacated snaps.
Nov 23, 2018 1:40 PM EST
Garcon (knee) was held out of practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: With back-to-back absences on the heels of the 49ers' Week 11 bye, Garcon isn't setting himself up to be active for the first time since Week 9. If Garcon is sidelined yet again Sunday at Tampa Bay, Kendrick Bourne likely would earn his third start of the season.
Nov 22, 2018 2:02 PM EST
Garcon (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Unable to resume practicing after a Week 11 bye, Garcon is in danger of missing another game when the 49ers travel to Tampa Bay this weekend. Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis drew six targets apiece while filling in for Garcon during a Week 10 loss to the Giants.
Nov 21, 2018 3:32 PM EST
Garcon (knee) is not present at Monday's practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Garcon is expected to practice at some point this week after missing two of San Francisco's last three games with an unspecified knee injury. However, his return evidently will need to wait at least another day as neither Garcon or Marquise Goodwin (undisclosed) were spotted in the portion of practice available to the media. In their absences, Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis figure to get extended reps with the first-team offense.
Nov 19, 2018 12:05 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan expects every player on the 53-man roster, including Garcon (knee), to practice after the 49ers' Week 11 bye, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The 49ers' next game is Nov. 25 in Tampa Bay, so Shanahan won't be cobbling together another injury report until Wednesday, Nov. 21. At that point, Garcon's activity level will forecast his odds to play for just the second time since Oct. 21. If he returns Week 12, his presence likely would push Dante Pettis down the pecking order, with Marquise Goodwin and Kendrick Bourne the other San Francisco wideouts to receive significant workloads.
Nov 13, 2018 3:48 PM EST
Garcon (knee) will not play in Monday's game against the Giants, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Garcon didn't practice all week, so this designation shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Look for some combination of Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor to fill in for the veteran wide receiver with Marquise Goodwin serving as the primary receiving option.
Nov 10, 2018 1:42 PM EST
Garcon (knee) did not practice Saturday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Garcon's official status will likely be released later Saturday, but consider the veteran receiver questionable for Monday's game after failing to practice at all this week. Should Garcon miss any time, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James, Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor would compete for the extra snaps.
Nov 10, 2018 12:26 PM EST
Garcon (knee) didn't practice Friday.
Analysis: Banged up for most of the season, Garcon finally broke through with a 3-56-1 receiving line in last Thursday's blowout win over the Raiders. An absence Monday night against the Giants would free up snaps for some combination of Kendrick Bourne, Richie James, Dante Pettis and Trent Taylor.
Nov 9, 2018 3:16 PM EST
Garcon (knee) didn't take part in practice Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: On the heels of a three-catch, 56-yard, one-touchdown performance last Thursday versus the Raiders, Garcon continues to tend to a knee injury, which forced an absence Week 8. Considering this last fact, his status should be monitored closely to learn if he'll be available to the 49ers offense Monday against the Giants.
Nov 8, 2018 3:44 PM EST
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