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Galette contract makes Redskins signing him a no-brainer

Jul 31, 2015, 1:14 PM EDT

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RICHMOND—Usually when I’m asked what I think of a player the Redskins have signed or are considering bringing on board, I say that I need to see the contract before forming an opinion. In the salary capped NFL what might be a good signing can be ruined by a bad contract. And a signing that might seem shaky on the surface can be saved if the contract is favorable to the team.

The Redskins signing of Junior Galette falls into the latter category. He has pending domestic violence issues and reported problems with teammates in New Orleans. The Saints were willing to take a cap hit in the neighborhood of $15 million to get rid of him.

But that’s the “troubled” part of the “talented but troubled” phrase that has preceded his name lately. The good part is his story of working his way from being an undrafted free agent in 2010 to becoming a starter for the Saints in 2013 and posting 22 sacks in the last two years. That’s just one fewer than Ryan Kerrigan has in that time frame. Like Kerrigan, Galette is 27 and should just be entering his prime.

The contract made signing Galette almost a no-brainer for the Redskins. The deal is for one year at the league minimum of $745,000 and the team has the option to match any contract offer the player might get in 2016. Getting a player with Galette’s ability with very little risk is a proposition that has very little downside.

There is some downside in the deal for some of the players who currently play outside linebacker for Washington. Certainly Kerrigan won’t lose any snaps to Galette. But the team invested its second-round draft picks at outside linebacker each of the last two years, taking Trent Murphy in 2014 and Preston Smith this year. They were competing for the starting right outside linebacker spot opposite Kerrigan. Bsut regardless of who might end up starting they both were going to play a considerable number of snaps. That could change with Galette in the picture.

But Smith and Murphy are still going to make the team. Before today it looked like one reserve outside linebacker between Trevardo Williams and Jackson Jeffcoat was going to make the team and the other would be cut. Now both could end up on the outside looking in.

It will be up to new defensive coordinator Joe Barry to sort out the linebackers’ roles. That’s a good problem to have.

  1. gonavybeatarmy - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    The Skins just significantly upgraded a position that is one of the most highly valued in the league, and they did it for the lowest possible cost. No brainer, indeed.

    • Bryan - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      I agree low cost high reward and possibility to have him back next year or atleast first refusal. As far as smith and Murphy I can see all 4 of them on the field together a few times a game. Also with the depth now we can some what afford Kerrigan a break every now and again. Only thing I don’t like is we will prolly have to cut trevado is think his name is or Jeff coat and I liked both of them as developing players. Also rich any way breeland can appeal his suspension? One it happened a year ago I don’t know why it took so long and 2nd he didn’t test positive on a test did he. From what I read it was a possession thing.

    • thirdistheworrd - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Signing a player who hits women is never a no-brainer, even for $5. Been a die-hard fan since age two, but the Skins are really pushing me right now. On top of that, the guy is a locker-room cancer who goes out of the way to alienate his teammates and coaches. No idea what Scot was thinking here.

      • babyteal1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:05 PM

        You sir are an idiot!!

      • bowlregard - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:26 PM

        We just have to trust the brain trust. They obviously talked to the guy. Had a heart to heart. A support network put in place. Etcetera.

      • Mike - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:33 PM

        Would you expect to be fired from your job and never to be hired again in life because you made a bad decision in life?

      • skinsgame - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:50 PM

        Maybe what you meant to say is, “Signing a player, who I personally feel like probably hits women, is never a no-brainer for me, even for $5.” because the charges against him for that were dropped. If they weren’t, this signing would almost certainly not have happened.

    • ezg1 - Aug 1, 2015 at 2:17 AM

      NOTHING VENTURED, NOTHING GAINED!

  2. vtsquirm - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    hope they find a way to keep Jeffcoat… good pedigree, plus they need young guys for special teams

    • ET - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      Me, too. Jeffcoat has real potential. I hope he’ll stick around.

    • q - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:21 PM

      Agreed I really like jeffcoat

    • kenlinkins - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      Depth at OLB is a key area to pull Special Team Talent from. Now with two 2nd round picks at back up OLB where will the Special Teams talent be found? Pretty high draft picks to risk for kick off and punt coverage teams even if it is only for one year. With talent like to use , the Special Teams coach has to be happy right now!

  3. hk2000 - Jul 31, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    I wrote the following on earlier article:

    ” Knowing the NFL, he’ll be suspended 4-6 games if not more, so the starting job is still between Murphy and Smith. So after 6 games, 2 things can happen: The starter is doing great and the team is winning and we realize we did not need him after all!, or the team is loosing badly and it wouldn’t matter the improvement is guy brings because we’re done and rather keep developing our draft pick. So any way you look at it, it was not a great move. I hope he does not bring a negative effect to the locker room.

    But now knowing the details of the signing, I think it was a good low risk move.

    • russellwilsonis2short - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:08 PM

      How Bout option 3. We are doing ok at week 6..MN aybw 3-3…then Gallete comes in and adds that extra pressure plus outside lb depth that makes a big difference in th ed sec9n d half of games..allowing us to win 1 or maybe even 2 more games and sneaking us into the playoffs. Next year with our front 7 all but set we can focus on drafting a big name Safety/oline/CB….giving us o e of the best Defenses in the league.

  4. Tom - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Smells like a bad move. He is a bad guy, hitting women with belts–really?
    His troubles go back to college, he was a bad locker room guy when things were not going well in NO. I think there a good chance things may not go so great this year for the Skins, this team doesn’t need negitive, bad teammates around. This teams is not that strong yet.
    What happen to getting high character guys? This guy should not be a Redskins! The negitive costs will go way beyond his any salary.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:08 PM

      I’m expect Galette will be on a short leash. I’m also sure Galette is aware of this as well. With such a small salary, the organization loses very little if they have to quickly part ways with him. If he shapes up and plays with the motor he is known to have on the field then the team has a high value player at a bargain cost.

    • ET - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      Galette certainly has some character issues, which may or may not remain. But the deal in business terms is stellar. League minimum for a player who’s stats are close to Kerrigan’s? Outstanding.

      I have little doubt that Scot will keep Galette on a short leash. And Galette knows this could be his final chance. If he screws up in DC, even Dallas would be unlikely to touch him.

    • ET - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      Saints still owe Galette a reported $18 million on the contract he signed last year!

    • q - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      But I honestly think he gonna b on a very short leash with us everyone gets another shot n this is his last n I think he know it so that alone should keep him on his toes

  5. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    I don’t see an issue with the team finding a way of having Kerrigan Galette, and Preston Smith/Trent Murphy on the same field. I still say that Preston Smith will also be used along the D-line. Certainly Trent Murphy has to be somewhat disappointed with his position getting crowded. However as a team; there now appears to be a nice rotation of Outside Linebackers. Of course, injuries/suspensions are always a possibility where the situation of who gets the playing time sort of works itself out.

  6. babyteal1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    And the team has the option to match any offer in 2016…OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. dpj1022 - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Sure, because the Redskins need their share of dirt bag criminals too?

  8. q - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    I really like the singing and for the fact charges was dropped eases my pain a little not that it’s ever appropriate to hit a women but just saying we needed a proven rusher opposite RK since sakpo gone because he cost to much so all said in done rotation with da rookies to get everyone involved should b great and keep our rusher fresh for some 4th quarter pressure so good singing I think

  9. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jul 31, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    There’s no doubting Galette has past character issues but the one promising thing that stands out about this contract signing is the guy could have waited out for a better offer from another team or taken the year off with the guaranteed salary NO gave him. Instead he choose to play here for a league minimum. I say that demonstrates his passion for the game.

  10. mr.moneylover - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    The video when he getting jump by multiple guys including the girl he hit I think its gonna be a toss up on the suspension because if you getting jump you gonna swing on anybody thats swinging on you for it to stop plus he did it with a belt I give him credit for not using his hands…but I know redskins will be happy when he gets on the field with ryan kerrigan on the other side…preston smith played DE in college so he might get chances at playing more then trent Murphy of course jay gruden gonna still support Trent murphy and Preston smith because you dont want these guys to stop competing and he said junior G. Gonna have to earn his starting job

    • jonevans511 - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      That’s my only issue with the video. He’s obviously swinging that belt, but anyone who’s been in a melee before knows you not only have to keep moving/keep your head on a swivel, you swing at anything and anyone who’s approaching you unless you want to get snuck and end up on the ground. This is not to say the woman absolutely had it coming, I’m in no position to say that at all. I have, unfortunately, seen too many instances where a group of men and women are fighting and the women end up trying to scrap with the males. It’s all fun and games until one of the women get hit- but if they insert themselves in a huge fight, I really have a hard time feeling bad when they get hit. I’m sure I’ll get roasted for this but I come from a place where you keep out of people’s fights unless you’re willing to get physically involved- male or female.

  11. jonevans511 - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    For those worried about his character issues in the past, let’s not overlook the story of Pacman Jones. Jones was so bad off the field that the league was ready to kick him out for good. He got a second (or fourth) chance in Cincy and has completely revitalized his career. So much so that he’s not even a fringe ST or back-up player; Up until at least a year or two ago he was starting and playing well.

    So sure it’s a little iffy to bring in guy with Galette’s history. But the risk is essentially zero, we’re set in the event one of our other outside backers goes down, and if everyone is healthy we’ve got a potentially deadly corps. Front 7 could be absolutely fantastic this year.

  12. gonavybeatarmy - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Pro Football Focus (PFF) ranks Ryan Kerrigan as the 4th best edge rusher with an overall score of 13.2 on 72 pressures last season. PFF ranks Gilette as the 6th best overall edge rusher with an overall score of 12.0 on 67 pressures. Justin Houston is ranked number one overall on a score of 15.0 with 85 pressures. The Skins will be the only team in the NFL this season with 2 edge rushers ranked in the top 10 based on the most recent ranking.

    Justin Houston just signed an $101 million dollar extension with $52.5 guaranteed. The total theoretical value of Kerrigan’s extension is just slightly greater than Houston’s guaranteed cash ($57 mil vs $52.5), with Kerrigan’s guarantee totaling $24 mil. And, of course, Gilette will make the league minimum this season. That’s pretty good relative value in aggregate.

    • ET - Jul 31, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      Exactly. Good number crunchin’.

  13. mr.moneylover - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Thank scot m. …he goes after players with major talent with issues thats the seahawks and 49ers way they feel he wont be a problem nomore instead he will give the other teams hell

  14. ajbus1 - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    I’m glad it’s not gonna cost much to give this guy a 2nd chance but hopefully he’s worth a 2nd chance.

  15. gonavybeatarmy - Jul 31, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    It looks like Breeland just suffered a bad knee injury. There’s a link out there to view it.

  16. Melvin Johnson - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    I personally feel the redskins got a steal from the saints. At least up front you know who and what you are getting. I am from Louisiana and this is nothing new for the saints. It has always been a money thing. They have never been able to keep their players and keep them happy. Good luck Mr. Galette

  17. kenlinkins - Jul 31, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    From a Cost vs. Talent stand point, this is a no brainer, but there is a reason a $10 million dollar a year player falls in to your lap and that is risk to the locker room and will there be any missed games due to off the field concerns facing Mr. Galette. IMO I would have pull the trigger also as it will be very easy to say “Bye Bye” at the first sign on trouble. Time will tell the story, let’s hope that Mr. Galette is ready to prove he is what he said he is!

  18. bowlregard - Jul 31, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Has the signing actually happened?

  19. kenlinkins - Aug 1, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    It would also seem that the new GM feels that the Redskins pass rush was so bad in 2014 that he is willing to sign a trouble player to be sure he gets the pass rush fixed in 2015. The new GM’s has rebuild the D-Line, drafted a pass rushing OLB early in the 2nd round, made a point of trying to get last years top pick (another OLB who should be a good pass rusher) ready, Allowed Rack to walk, resigned his top pass rushing OLB, and NOW adds another OLB who is noteed for his pass rush! If nothing else happens this year, the Redskins pass rush should be much better, or else the new GM will have spent a ton of time on this one area without any results.

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