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Need to Know: Both Redskins, Galette get some of what they wanted in new deal

Mar 16, 2016, 5:13 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 16, 43 days before the NFL Draft.

Fan questions: Galette deal a solid compromise

I answered some fan questions over the weekend and I had an overflow of good ones so I’m going to take care of some of the overflow today.

Of course, this question was sent prior to last night, when Galette and the Redskins agreed on a one-year contract worth up to $4.1 million. It appears that the deal represents a compromise, with both sides getting some of what they wanted. Galette got the length of deal that he was looking for. If he comes back healthy and has a good year he will get rewarded in free agency in 2017. The cap hit on the deal is more like what the Redskins were looking for, although they did want a multi-year contract. Usually when both sides get something and give something it’s a good contract. In any case, it should be interesting to watch a Redskins nickel pass rushing package that includes Galette, Ryan Kerrigan, and Preston Smith. In January Galette said that he anticipates being on the field for the start of OTAs after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in August.

I wouldn’t call that speculation, I’d call that a near certainty. At the Senior Bowl, Scot McCloughan all but ruled out moving up in the first round but he did say that he was open to trading back. They currently have eight picks; I’ll say that the over/under for the number of picks the Redskins end up with is 10.5. Most of the speculation will center around the first-round pick and that’s a possibility but I would start looking at possibilities from about the third round on.

Sure! When and where are they playing? Verizon Center? Jiffy Lube? I’ve got to get my tickets, too. Oh, wait, you asked about Zach, with an “h”, not the Zac Brown Band. That Zach Brown, not so much. He’s a mediocre 3-4 inside linebacker. The Redskins would take an upgrade there but it does not appear that Brown is better than what they have.

This question was submitted before cornerback Will Blackmon was re-signed so it complicates things a bit but the answer is basically the same—it’s up to Dunbar. With Chris Culliver likely to miss OTAs and at least some of training camp while he rehabs his injured knee, Dunbar will get an opportunity to get substantial work with the first unit. If he has prepared for the season and performs well, they will find snaps for him when the season starts regardless of Culliver’s status.


—The Redskins last played a game 66 days ago. It will be about 179 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 33; 2016 NFL draft 43; Redskins training camp starts 134

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  1. abanig - Mar 16, 2016 at 5:39 AM

    I like the deal the skins & Gallette struck, as you said both sides got a little of what they wanted. I’m hopefully Gallette can do what Hall did last year and return to have s positive season after tearing his ACL last year. A successful season for Gallette IMO would be 5+ sacks.

    I like our current ILB group and we could draft an ILB still. We also have Matrell Spaight coming back. He can certainly be the 4th ILB and special teams ace.

    I’m hopeful Dunbar takes the next step and shows to be starter worthy. I’d rather have him step up than to have an aging Blackmon start the season while Culliver gets ready. I like Blackmon, but I’d rather see the young guy show enough to get the nod there.

    • Mr.moneylover - Mar 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM

      Dude did you see his videos ???? I think he deleted his twitter… But Jr showed he got his explosiveness back….he’s a beast and he’s gonna be a problem for other teams for sure…Quinton Dunbar will get better here’s why he spent most the off-season last year playing WR until last minute jay gruden made the call he should play CB cause his length and speed…ppl not hype about will blackmon signing but he’s good playing inside and he STEPUP and played outside when culliver went down and did OK ppl forget he’s a guy that didn’t have no off-season with the team and got thrown into the fire twice last season and handle it well…

      • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

        I just think there is some natural carry over because Dunbar played receiver. He’s familiar with routes and knows how to track the ball and go after it. If he doesn’t have hands to catch it at least it’s a pass defended. Dunbar looked good last year. Surprisingly sure tackler as well.. not a good thing that our CB’s were having to make tackles though. Hopefully having Junior and Kerrigan patrolling the outside will help corral these running backs.

      • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM

        Maybe we should move Niles “Couldn’t catch a fade in Compton” Paul to Safety.

  2. garg8050 - Mar 16, 2016 at 6:21 AM

    I’ve got to think the ‘Skins are just about done in free agency; maybe another DL for depth. I’m guessing they’re no longer interested in Nelson.

    Time to restart the negotiations with Cousins and get a deal done. Then all of their attention can be focused on the draft. Let’s see if Galette can back up all the chatter and be a difference maker on defense this season.

    • sidepull - Mar 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM

      Yup. Dont talk about, be about it Jr. Have a great season!

    • scottmccloughanfan - Mar 16, 2016 at 8:45 AM


      Thinking they #21 pick at NT/DT to go with JERREL POWE, and get two more DL either pre or post draft for OTAS, and camp fodder.

      • Mr.moneylover - Mar 16, 2016 at 10:07 AM

        I think jerrel powe is the reason why pot roast won’t get resign and the reason why redskins ain’t pay big bucks for a NT in free agency… Scott M. Spent hours watching the guys who was on the practice squad including rg3 who was running the scout team but my point is he knows the roster is in better shape then what ppl think he don’t have to spend big money to bring in 5 free agents who not gonna make a impact on the team…don’t forget about DL Corey Crawford he was pre-season standout last year as well… The D-line will have good depth this season its the reason why they wasn’t scared to let go DL frank kearse who signed with the pats

  3. Mr.moneylover - Mar 16, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    If no trade happen…I expect redskins to trade back into the second round…you can get a starting DL in rounds 1-3

  4. scottmccloughanfan - Mar 16, 2016 at 8:39 AM


    Quite a line-up there. Opposing DC’s must be salivating.
    Got to believe we get at least one mid-range pick in the draft [3rd].

    On trading back……….takes two to tango.
    But from the fourth on down, I can see it.

    • bangkokben - Mar 16, 2016 at 9:49 AM

      Don’t forget the safeties:


    • Mr.moneylover - Mar 16, 2016 at 10:09 AM

      Watch out for CB Sean Davis rounds 1-3 redskins like him

    • Mr.moneylover - Mar 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM

      Watch out CB Sean Davis from Maryland they really like him and is schedule to workout for redskins before the draft

  5. celeoinc - Mar 16, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    We still need a safety. This is a weak draft for safeties. I’m relieved to have kept Galetti.

  6. bangkokben - Mar 16, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Bruton playing 481 snaps on defense is impressive.

  7. James McFullan - Mar 16, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Rich, how does the signing of Galette affect what they do in the draft.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 16, 2016 at 3:48 PM

      With him on a one-year deal I don’t think it will affect what they do at all. If an edge rusher is the best player available I don’t think McCloughan will hesitate for a second.

  8. Bryan - Mar 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM


    Any idea if skins would be interested in will hill Seemed to play pretty well for Ravens and seems to have been decent citizens lately. He is young Archives

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