On a tumultuous day for Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland, the second-year player was suspended by the NFL on Friday, nearly a year after being cited for marijuana possession, then was carted off the field because he got injured in practice. It was not immediately known how badly hurt Breeland might have been. ''He's being evaluated for his injury,'' Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said.
Whatever Junior Galette has been accused of away from football, and whatever punishment might come from an NFL investigation, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden wanted to sign the outside linebacker to help the team's pass rush. Less than a week after being released by the New Orleans Saints because of off-field problems, Galette agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Redskins that agent Alvin Keels wrote on Twitter is for the league minimum - $745,000 for a player entering his sixth season. The NFL also is reviewing a video that shows a man resembling Galette in a fight on a beach.
The Seattle Seahawks signed quarterback Russell Wilson to a four-year contract extension Friday, making him the second-highest paid player in the NFL. - - Outside linebacker Junior Galette signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins after being released by the New Orleans Saints because of off-field problems. - - Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland was suspended by the NFL for one game that is related to his citation last summer for marijuana possession.
The Washington Redskins are taking a risk in signing troubled Junior Galette, who landed a one-year deal with the team , even though the reward could be significant. Galette was cut by the New Orleans Saints less than a year after he landed a massive contract extension from the team and was named one of its captains. Off-field issues, including a domestic violence arrest and a disturbing video from 2013 surfacing of Galette hitting a woman with a belt, proved too much for the Saints, who took a massive salary-cap hit before cutting him last week. The one-year deal, according to Galette's agent, is for the league minimum. That spells out how scared other teams were for a player who notched 22 sacks the past two seasons combined. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] New Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan was part of a Seattle Seahawks front office from 2010 to 2013 that drafted the core of a dominant defense — Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Walter Thurmond, K.J. Wright, Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Malcolm Smith, Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Jeremy Lane and others —with the goal of bringing in tough, athletic and fiery players. Galette fits the mold of what McCloughan wants in Washington, with size and aggression, even if it would appear to run anathema to the locker-room cleansing he has tried to accomplish since taking over Redskins personnel in January. If he can stay in line, Galette joins an outside linebacker group that the team has invested heavily in. Former first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan leads the unit, and he landed a five-year, $57.5 million deal this week. Former second-round picks Trent Murphy (2014) and Preston Smith (2015) can play on their feet and had good college sack production but might be better as run stoppers. Galette might be counted on to be only a pass-rush specialist if he makes the roster, and it makes sense why they'd want to add him — the Redskins have finished tied for 21st, 21st and 23rd, respectively, the past three seasons in sacks. But Galette first might have to hear from the NFL, which could hand down a stiff suspension for possible violation of the league's personal conduct rules. On this surface, this transaction might reek of a Daniel Snyder-stamped move, trumping talent over character, and it's possible the Redskins owner whispered in McCloughan's ear about Galette. But the low investment the team made in him might suggest that they could cut bait the second they feel Galette isn't willing to change after a well-documented, tumultous background that stems back to his first college stop at Temple. If Galette proves to be a good soldier, the Redskins might receive some incredible return on their limited investment. If not, he might be sent packing and questions of what might have been will be a sad chapter of a once-promising career. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Junior Galette has found a new home in the nation's capital. The former Saints pass rusher, released five days ago by New Orleans, signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins on Friday.