ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Pierre Garçon wanted to remain with the Indianapolis Colts. But, in a business where the only constant is change, he will instead lineup against his former team as a member of the Washington Redskins on Saturday.
“I never wanted to leave Indianapolis,” Garçon said Tuesday. “That was my first option, to stay there. But football is football. Things happen.”
To say things happened in Indianapolis this offseason would put it mildly. The organization underwent wholesale changes from the front office to the coaching staff and of course to the roster.
Gone is Peyton Manning, who quarterbacked the Colts for 14 seasons and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLI.
It was rumored Garçon and Reggie Wayne were being shopped as part of a package deal to potential Manning suitors before he landed with the Denver Broncos.
Hogwash. Garçon said nothing could be further from the truth.
“It was the offseason so they needed something to talk about,” he joked. “I guess that’s why that story came up.”
Wayne was the only player of the trio to remain in Indy.
Although no longer on the same roster, Garçon and Wayne have both been tasked with helping break in rookie quarterbacks with exceedingly high expectations.
So far so good in Washington.
Robert Griffin III and the fifth-year receiver have demonstrated solid chemistry in their limited on field action thus far. The pair connected five times for 71 yards and a touchdown in the first two preseason games.
They’ll have plenty of opportunities to add to their totals this weekend when the Redskins host the Colts at FedEx Field. Head coach Mike Shanahan said he expects the starters to play into the third quarter.