One week ago the Redskins re-signed premier pass rusher Junior Galette to a rather modest and interesting contract. General manager Scot McCloughan explained what makes the deal involving the injured yet potent Galette so interesting to him.
The Redskins and Galette's camp agreed to a one-year, incentive-filled deal that could ultimately pay the linebacker approximately $4.1 million. Galette joined Washington last summer on a one-year contract, but he never played after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury during training camp. That's where things become interesting this time.
“Well we’ve got to see, coming off an injury at any part of your body, but Achilles for a guy’s explosion it’s going to be interesting," McCloughan said Tuesday from the NFL owners meeting in Bocas Raton, Florida. "That’s why the one-year deal from our standpoint made sense because, you know, does he still have the same twitch, still have the same ability to get up field, which I believe he does."
Belief is important, but until the Redskins see Galette on the field for drills, practices and ultimately games, they cannot be completely confident in what he'll provide outside of being "a football player," a frequently used McCloughan term meant to describe competitiveness and resolve.
On the other hand, there are reasons why Galette's camp didn't mind the short-term deal for the pas rusher who had 22 sacks over his last two seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Asked about the team's propensity for one-year deals of late, McCloughan said, "It's not so much us wanting them. It’s also the agent and the player wanting them to know they can prove themselves and hope to get a big contract on the next one.”
As for the big impact McCloughan hopes the team receives from Galette, it involves having a deep group of edge rushers.
"We have [Ryan] Kerrigan who’s a really good football player," McCloughan said. "Preston’s [Smith] a good football player, you’ve got [Trent] Murphy that’s a solid football player and now you’ve got Junior [Galette]. ...Pass rush is huge in the NFL.”
That last line is the key. It certainly was for the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, who dropped the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers with one QB-targeting jail break after another. With all these pieces hopefully in one piece for Washington next season, opposing offensive coordinators will have to keep on eye on their playcall list and the other who the Redskins have deployed and where.
Such prowess could take the Redskins defense to the next level of interesting in 2016. Assuming Galette brings that same explosive twitch, of course. We'll find out in a few months. Until then, the organization will do what they can to get the pass rusher ready.
"He’s a great guy," McCloughan said of Galette. "He’s a Redskin through and through now and we have his back, we’re taking care of him, rehabbing him and all that stuff. He’s bought in with the coaches which is very important and the thing that’s really cool is that he’s a football player.”
Follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.
To get instant Redskins notifications, download the NEW Scout mobile app for iOS HERE!
Be sure to check out the ever-growing benefit package of being a Breaking Burgundy Insider! Check it out HERE.