Junior Galette, the troubled linebacker formerly of the New Orleans Saints met today with the Redskins. He was dismissed from the team due to some issues off the field according to Saints Gab.
The Washington Post’s Mike Jones is on board with the deal should it get done, and says the team would be wise to take a chance on Galette, as he could add more punch to the Redskins defense.
Is this a good move, though?
From a football standpoint, absolutely. Yes, it’s a deviation from the build-through-the-draft approach. But the chance to add a pass rusher of Galette’s caliber (12 sacks in 2013, his first as a starter, and 10 last season) doesn’t come around often.
The Redskins have Trent Murphy and Preston Smith in the mix, but you can never have too many pass rushers. And neither has reached Galette’s level yet. Smith could benefit from a limited workload and the chance to learn from two veterans with Ryan Kerrigan and Galette’s skill sets. Murphy, while solid against the run, still has a ways to go as a pass rusher.
A tandem of Kerrigan and Galette would cause problems for quarterbacks and in turn help the secondary. As you know, for years, the defensive backs have struggled in part because of a lack of consistent pressure up front.
The financial situation also appears favorable for Washington. With the Saints still on the hook for the guaranteed portion of Galette’s contract, the Redskins will not have to cough up a lot of money to sign him.
And a short-term deal also would prove beneficial because it gives Galette incentive.
The Redskins have to be careful if they do bring in Galette, making sure he doesn’t become a cancer in the locker room and let these ‘issues’ that he had in New Orleans crop up again.
If he’s truly ready to rumble and has put those issues aside, it would be an interesting move for the Redskins to make.