Garçon Signs With Redskins

By Eric Dutkiewicz

Garçon Signs With Redskins

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The start of the National Football League's free agency dealt another blow to the Colts roster, when wide receiver Pierre Garçon signed with the Redskins.

Garçon announced his move to Washington on both his Facebook page and Twitter account (@PierreGarcon85). "I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news," Garcon posted. "I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I'm very excited about the opportunity in front of me"

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. But figures reportedly put the contract at 5-year/$42.5 million. Garçon will earn $21.5 million in guaranteed money, according to multiple reports.

Garçon was drafted in 2008 by the Colts, playing four seasons in Indianapolis. He caught 70 passes for 947 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2011, his best season despite absence of quarterback Peyton Manning.

Earlier this offseason, Garçon rejected a Colts deal worth a reported 5-year/$35 million. A week later, the Colts released Manning, signaling the end of an era for the Horseshoe.

"I want to thank all Colts fans from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you've shown me the past 4 years," posted on Facebook. "I hope that at some level u will still follow my career."

Garçon became a fan favorite in Indianapolis. And he raised awarness for victims and rebuiding efforts in his parents' homeland of Haiti, following a devastating earthquake in 2010.

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