SANTA CLARA — Au revoir, Pierre?
The 49ers will place veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon on the Injured Reserve list with a knee injury this week, and will consider releasing him when the season ends.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan made these announcements Monday afternoon.
“These guys understand the business,” Shanahan said. “They understand how it works. Pierre is battling through a legit injury that has lingered all year. Hopefully, (he) can get healthy. Then, you’ve got to make decisions. You don’t get rid of people to get rid of people, but you’re always trying to improve. We’ll see what options are out there.”
Garçon’s knee will require arthroscopic surgery. Last year, he had surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae near the base of his skull, and went on IR. Next year, he will turn 33. He’s old, injured and expensive.
Garçon signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the 49ers on March 10, 2017. When this season ends, he will have missed 16 games, played 16 games, made 64 catches, gained 786 receiving yards, scored just one touchdown and earned $22.75 million in two seasons with the 49ers.
Big money for small production.
The 49ers can save $6 million in cap space by cutting Garçon before the league year starts on March 13.