The Redskins apparently are going to have a rather interesting visitor on the first day of training camp: Former Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette.
The pass rusher is visiting the team in Richmond Thursday, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer.
If accurate, this scenario is a intriguing and bit surprising for a variety of reasons.
From Pro Football Talk on Galette's release:
"This probably isn’t about Galette’s ability to produce on the field, however. Galette was arrested this offseason on domestic violence charges, which were later dropped, and then a video surfaced that appeared to show Galette hitting a woman twice. He said last month that he was scheduled to talk to the NFL about off-field troubles, but the league wouldn’t confirm whether a meeting took place or say if Galette will be disciplined earlier this week."
Galette is owed the right of due process, but the controversy is apparent. That the Redskins might potentially take on a potential lightning rod just as they're opening their first training camp under general manager Scot McCloughan is interesting.
The Redskins lost outside linebacker Brian Orakpo in free agency this year, but they have a youthful pair of second-round picks ready to replace him. Trent Murphy, Washington's top selection in 2014, and 2015 pick Preston Smith are expected to battle for the starting spot opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
Teams can never have enough talent, but adding Galette could mean neither of those second-round selections are in the starting lineup. If we're just talking talent, the Redskins would be better on paper.
Thursday just got a lot of more interesting even for Day One of camp.