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Garçon On Moss: 'We Need Him Back'

Posted Mar 10, 2014

With Santana Moss status as a locker room leader in Washington, fellow Redskins WR Pierre Garçon calls the veteran a necessity to return in free agency.

While all good things must come to an end, there are those in Washington that want to see Santana Moss back in the burgundy and gold next season.

The 13-year NFL veteran recently finished his ninth season with the Redskins, putting up modest numbers with 42 catches for 452 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

This was his lowest season production since 2002, his sophomore season in New York. But the impact that cannot be quantified is the leadership Moss provided to a young offense.

His role in the locker room is one of the many reasons why fellow receiver Pierre Garçon wants him back.

"I would love him to come back," Garçon recently told ESPN 980. "He definitely helps me out with my game, and it helps everybody in the receiver room with a definite leader on our team.

"We would definitely love him to come back and definitely need him to come back to help our offense to move forward."

With veteran Joshua Morgan also headed for free agency, Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson still developing, the Redskins may have a need at receiver.

Even if the Redskins look for a long-term answer in the draft, Moss provides the type of veteran guidance necessary in the locker room.

"He’s definitely a great player, definitely a leader in the locker room, definitely a leader in the NFL," Garçon said. "He’s been around for a long time, definitely playing well, and I love what he does."

And Moss has been at it for a long time in Washington, putting up elite numbers that land him as one of the best receivers in franchise history.

In Week 6, Moss surpassed 7,500 receiving yards with the Redskins, joining Art Monk (12,026), Charley Taylor (9,110) and Gary Clark (8,742) as the only players in team history to reach the milestone.

In Week 9, Moss recorded the 700th reception of his career, becoming the ninth active player at the time to reach the milestone, joining Tony Gonzalez, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Jason Witten, Wes Welker, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith and Larry Fitzgerald.

Moss’ 700th career reception was also the 549th of his tenure with the Redskins, tying Gary Clark for third-most in team history. He later took full possession of third place, trailing only Monk and Taylor.

In Week 11 at Philadelphia, Moss surpassed the career 10,000-yard milestone, becoming the seventh active player to do so, joining Tony Gonzalez, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

In Week 15, Moss caught a 3-yard touchdown, the 48th of any kind with Washington. He tied running back Stephen Davis for 10th in team history.

If he were to return, Moss would be reunited with receivers coach Ike Hilliard, who oversaw Moss' eight touchdown 2012 campaign in Washington.

Garçon believes Moss can return to his 2012 form and still produce on the field.

"He's a slot receiver, he’s a punt returner, and he can take it to the house," he said. "We definitely would love Santana to come back.

"We [would] have Santana, we have Jordan Reed, we have myself, we have whoever else that they sign in free agency. But he’s definitely a weapon we can use right away."

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