Redskins Talking to Former Saints LB Galette; Should They Ink Him?

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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.

Redskins and LB Ryan Kerrigan Agree On Multi-Year Contract Extension

at FedExField on December 20, 2014 in Landover, Maryland.

On the eve of training camp, the Redskins announced Wednesday that the team has signed a multi-year deal with outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, Liz Clarke and Mike Jones of the Washington Post report.

The new contract, according to a person with knowledge of the terms, extends Kerrigan another five years and will make him the NFL’s third-highest paid linebacker, behind Kansas City’s Justin Houston and Clay Matthews of Green Bay.

Kerrigan is scheduled to earn just over $7 million this season, per the fifth-year option the Redskins picked up in May 2014. His new five-year deal is worth $57.5 million, of which $24.28 million is guaranteed.

“To get to a moment like this where you get a chance to play out the rest of your NFL career with the team that drafted you, the team that you love, the city that you love, it hasn’t really hit me yet, but it’s an awesome feeling,” Kerrigan told the Redskins’ website. “Now it’s my job to go reward the Redskins for the faith they put in me by playing well this year, and for the rest of my career.”

The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Redskins History? SI Makes Their Pick

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Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Redskins included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly one of the biggest busts in NFL history – that being former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

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Drafted in the first round of the 2002 draft by the Titans, Haynesworth was a star in Jeff Fisher’s 4–3 defense, where he used his tremendous strength as a one-gap tackle to terrorize quarterbacks and confuse blockers in stunts with end Kyle Vanden Bosch. When the Redskins signed him to a seven-year, $100 million contract with a then-record $41 million guaranteed in February 2009, they unexplainably made him a two-gap tackle in more of a hybrid defense. Basically, they paid Haynesworth handsomely to soak up blockers for other pass-rushers. It was perhaps the most ridiculous decision of Vinny Cerrato’s ill-fated time as Washington’s GM, but Haynesworth didn’t help his case with a poor attitude and inconsistent conditioning.

When Mike Shanahan became the Redskins’s coach in 2010, there was a standoff between player and coach regarding Haynesworth’s physical condition, and he was eventually suspended for failing to follow team rules. The Redskins traded him to New England in 2011 for a fifth-round pick in the ’13 draft, and Haynesworth was released from the Patriots’ employ after a confrontation with assistant coach Pepper Johnson. The Buccaneers gave Haynesworth a chance, but that didn’t work out. For all their money, the Redskins got two years from Haynesworth, in which he put up 6.5 sacks and 42 total tackles. In 2012, the Redskins were handed severe salary cap penalties for their attempts to spread out the damage of Haynesworth’s contract during the uncapped year of 2010. Haynesworth was indeed the gift that kept on giving.

RG III Says He Never Asked Then Coach Mike Shanahan To Change the Redskins Offense

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said that reports he requested Mike Shanahan to change his offense after the 2013 season are “an urban legend,” and that he never told his former coach what plays he would and wouldn’t run, Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post reports.

The fact that this is still being discussed more than two years after it happened may cause you to shake your head. But the latest flare-up was actually courtesy of a Redskins employee, reading a question from a Redskins fan, on a Redskins-produced television program, that can now be viewed on the Redskins Web site.

“We say we take the good the bad and the ugly on these e-mails every day on the show,” Larry Michael said during Griffin’s recent appearance on Redskins Nation. “I told our producer, ‘I don’t want any stupid [questions],’ and we got a couple stupid ones. But here’s one from Jason in Laurel: Is it true you went to Coach Shanahan after your first year and requested the offense be changed?”

Griffin chuckled.

“The urban legend, right?” he said with a smile. “Actually, just like any coach-quarterback combination, we had healthy conversations about everything, evolving as a player. There’s a lot of dark things that are talked about with Mike and Kyle and those things, but it was never a wholesale ‘This is what we’re gonna run, this is what we’re not gonna run’ [demand].

“You know, I’m a player,” Griffin said. “I’m here to play. As we like to say, I just work here. Open discussion. Coaches get to call the plays, and players have to run them.”

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Former DT Haynesworth Claims Redskins Killed His “Passion for Football”

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Former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth wrote in The Players Tribune that playing for the Redskins — who signed him to a $100 million contract — caused him to lose his “passion for football,” Will Brinson of CBS Sports reports.

Haynesworth writes about meeting with Mike Shanahan (who will now get an extra chance at jumping into the media fray!) and learning the then-Skins coach simply wanted him “grab the center,” “let the linebackers run free” and “eat space.”

Haynesworth writes that he was stunned to learn about his responsibilities given his contract and eventually fell out of love with the game.

“You will lose your passion for football in Washington, and it will be impossible to get back,” Haynesworth writes.

Hindsight is always 20/20 (well, unless it’s 50/50) but clearly Washington was a bad fit. Haynesworth’s other piece of advice for his 14-year-old self? Stick with Schwartz.

“If nothing else, listen to me on this, Albert: Do not leave the Tennessee Titans. Your defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is a mastermind,” Haynesworth writes. “No matter how much I tell you this, you’ll probably never realize it until your career is over, but it’s true. You’re like a system quarterback. You thrive in a very specific scheme.”

Other interesting notes from Haynesworth:
•He writes about not trusting a psychologist who helped him at Tennessee before eventually becoming his financial advisor and who is “going to take millions from you.”
•He writes about the moment when he stomped on Andre Gurode’s face and how he reacted before and after.
•He writes about becoming happy after football, which is interesting.

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan ‘Doing Well’ Following Knee Surgery

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Ryan Kerrigan watched from the sidelines throughout the Redskins offseason workouts while he worked to rehab from surgery on his left knee.

The arthroscopic procedure relieved soreness and discomfort in the knee, and now about six months removed from surgery, Kerrigan is encouraged with the results, JP Finlay of CSN Washington reports.

“I’m doing really well,” Kerrigan told CSNwashington.com.

“I’m running now,” he said. “Now it’s just about building the strength.”

With training camp set to begin the end of July, Kerrigan seems to be on track to return. More importantly, even if Kerrigan misses time in Richmond, the knee pain should be gone for games this fall.

“My leg feels really good and I’m glad I got the surgery – not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better so I’m glad I got it done,” Kerrigan said. “Now it’s just a matter of getting strong and getting into shape.”

Agent for Rookie WR Jamison Crowder Denies Domestic Abuse Allegations Against Client

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The agent for Redskins 4th round draft pick Jamison Crowder is denying his client’s domestic abuse allegations to ESPN on Thursday after pictures of a woman with bruises and cuts in her mouth were posted on his Instagram.

Agent Tory Dandy says that the rookie wide receiver’s social media accounts was hacked.

Sports Illustrated has the rest of the story:

The caption on the post, which appeared to have been made by someone claiming to be an ex-girlfriend of Crowder, included [sic], “Ive had things thrown at me, poured on me, ive been choked, had a concussion, bruised, busted lips, grabbed, tossed around, hair pulled, verbally abused.”

The caption added, “I don’t want anything from you but i do think the next person deserves to be aware of where your anger takes you.”

The post has since been removed from Crowder’s account.

Crowder’s agent, Tory Dandy, told ESPN, “His account was hacked. Jamison hasn’t hit anybody.”

Twitter user @TJMartinez21 captured screenshots of the post on Crowder’s Instagram account on Wednesday night. The screenshots can be viewed here and here, via Deadspin [Warning: Graphic content].

Washington released a statement on Thursday that read, “The Washington Redskins are aware of an off-field situation involving Jamison Crowder. We have been in touch with the NFL office and will continue to follow proper League protocol and assist them in any way we can to gather all of the facts. We will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The NFL said in a statement that it is “looking into the matter.”

Crowder, 21, was drafted in the fourth round by Washington last month. He played collegiately at Duke.

WR DeSean Jackson Says He Missed OTA’s For “Personal Things”

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Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson made no apologies for missing the first week of voluntary offseason practices, and now, with two sessions under his belt, said on Wednesday that he is happy to have reunited with his teammates and looks forward to laying the foundation for an improved season, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports.

Jackson, who last season led Washington with 1,169 receiving yards and six touchdown catches, missed last week’s three voluntary practice sessions to tend to personal matters, he said. He was the lone healthy starter not in attendance, but notified coaches of his plans. The wide receiver re-joined his teammates on Tuesday, and on Wednesday took part in his second consecutive practice.

Jackson’s absence sparked criticism amongst the team’s fan base and the media, particularly after he posted a picture of himself sitting courtside at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Eastern Conference-clinching victory of the Atlanta Hawks on May 26 – a night where Jackson would’ve been in the D.C. area had he attended the first offseason practice, or planned to attend the following day’s session. Jackson didn’t go into detail on what other matters kept him away from Redskins Park last week, but he did mention his reality TV show on BET, and that he is preparing for the birth of a child.

On Wednesday, Jackson defended his decision to miss the first week of practice, and disagreed with the notion that he had caused any damage to his team.

“I had personal things I had to do back home,” he said. “I’m a veteran in this league, going on my eighth year. Communication with my head coach and the guys here, they knew about it. Like I said, I had things I had to do, I was obligated to do back home in California. I’m here now, and I’m happy to be here with my teammates, and they’ve been putting in some great work, so I’m just trying to catch up and get back in the swing of things. But I had things I had to handle.”