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Galette contract makes Redskins signing him a no-brainer

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Galette contract makes Redskins signing him a no-brainer

RICHMOND—Usually when I’m asked what I think of a player the Redskins have signed or are considering bringing on board, I say that I need to see the contract before forming an opinion. In the salary capped NFL what might be a good signing can be ruined by a bad contract. And a signing that might seem shaky on the surface can be saved if the contract is favorable to the team.

The Redskins signing of Junior Galette falls into the latter category. He has pending domestic violence issues and reported problems with teammates in New Orleans. The Saints were willing to take a cap hit in the neighborhood of $15 million to get rid of him.

But that’s the “troubled” part of the “talented but troubled” phrase that has preceded his name lately. The good part is his story of working his way from being an undrafted free agent in 2010 to becoming a starter for the Saints in 2013 and posting 22 sacks in the last two years. That’s just one fewer than Ryan Kerrigan has in that time frame. Like Kerrigan, Galette is 27 and should just be entering his prime.

The contract made signing Galette almost a no-brainer for the Redskins. The deal is for one year at the league minimum of $745,000 and the team has the option to match any contract offer the player might get in 2016. Getting a player with Galette’s ability with very little risk is a proposition that has very little downside.

There is some downside in the deal for some of the players who currently play outside linebacker for Washington. Certainly Kerrigan won’t lose any snaps to Galette. But the team invested its second-round draft picks at outside linebacker each of the last two years, taking Trent Murphy in 2014 and Preston Smith this year. They were competing for the starting right outside linebacker spot opposite Kerrigan. Bsut regardless of who might end up starting they both were going to play a considerable number of snaps. That could change with Galette in the picture.

But Smith and Murphy are still going to make the team. Before today it looked like one reserve outside linebacker between Trevardo Williams and Jackson Jeffcoat was going to make the team and the other would be cut. Now both could end up on the outside looking in.

It will be up to new defensive coordinator Joe Barry to sort out the linebackers’ roles. That’s a good problem to have.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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