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Garcon signing with Redskins

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, NFC Updated: March 13, 2012 - 3:58 PM

Via Facebook, the Vikings have discovered that possibly the best young (under 28) receiver on the market is now off the market.

Former Colts receiver Pierre Garcon, 25, wrote:“I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news,” Garcon wrote. “I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I’m very excited about the opportunity in front of me. 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 and I hope that at some level u will still follow my career, as I will continue to share my life with you on here.”

The Vikings aren't expected to be in the hunt for Vincent Jackson. Jackson is 29, wants about $12 million a year (or more) and, oh yeah, he probably doesn't want to live in Minnesota and play for a team coming off a 3-13 season.

Two other receivers to keep an eye on: Dallas' Laurent Robinson and Atlanta's Harry Douglas.

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