On paper, the Redskins are a better team on the field. We're talking about a pass rusher with 22 sacks over the last two seasons joining a team that lost Brian Orakpo this offseason. The financial cost for such a talent? One year for the veteran's minimum. Yes, an extreme bargain, but as the case with such scenarios in every day life, you might be thinking what's the catch.
It's the off the field concerns that played a part in New Orleans cutting ties with Galette last week despite having signed him to a lucrative four-year contract last September. The Saints did this knowing significant cap hits are coming there way and they lack obvious replacements on the roster. The New Orleans Times-Picayune previously a detailed account of why the relationship between Galette and the Saints soured.
We'll see if the past is prologue, but for now we focus on the present and short-term future that comes with the team-friendly short term deal.
Galette's agent, Alvin Keels, announced the contract terms on Twitter. "The deal is for the league minimum. This deal isn't about the money. Junior feels that he has a lot to prove both on and off of the field."
The linebacker did some drills Friday, but did not take part in the full practice. Speaking with reporters, he said of his meeting with general manager Scot McCloughan, "He was honest, and I loved it,” Galette said Friday. “I loved the honesty. He shared the same passion and enthusiasm that I had.”
One question is when Galette might get on the field for Washington and for how many games. The NFL is reviewing his various off the field issues. A suspension of some lengthy is probable if not likely.
The 27-year-old's presence provides the Redskins with a true pass rushing threat opposite Ryan Kerrigan. That's not something the team could count on this season from the run-stuffing Trent Murphy and rookie Preston Smith. The short-term aspect of the deal doesn't block either of the second-round selections for the long haul.
"The more the merrier, really," Murphy said of the team possibly adding Galette following the morning practice and before the news broke. "All the talent in the world will help us win games. It's a positive for us....Can't have too many (pass rushers).
That seems to be the Redskins take as well. Considering Washington's uncertainty at quarterback, it might be up to the defense at times in terms of wins and losses. The additions along the defensive line already made that unit formidable. The signing of Galette provides even more pass rush punch. The character concerns adds other questions.
We'll find out if the Redskins made the right call across the board in the days, weeks and months ahead.