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Galette addition will shuffle the Redskins’ OLB depth chart—but when?

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Galette addition will shuffle the Redskins’ OLB depth chart—but when?

RICHMOND—When the Redskins arrived in Richmond on Wednesday there was no inkling that they were going to add a player who had double digit sack totals in each of the last two seasons. The news was about Ryan Kerrigan’s extension. But after that was done, they set their sights in Junior Galette, who was dumped by the Saints about a week earlier.

“We did a lot, a lot of research on him, as we do with everybody,” McCloughan told Redskins.com. “But he’s got a couple things still pending out there so we had to really look into it, and we did. … We all got together and asked, ‘Honest opinion, what do you guys think?’ and we all had a thumbs up.”

With the thumbs up from the brass, they landed Galette on Friday. But before we dive into what this does to the depth chart, what about those “couple of things still pending out there”?

McCloughan likely was referring to a possible suspension of Galette following domestic violence charges against him in January. The charges were dropped but that doesn’t men that the NFL will not act on the incident. The matter is under investigation. As we saw with the suspension of Bashaud Breeland coming down almost a year after the marijuana possession arrest that triggered it and the Tom Brady suspension, the league works on its own timetable.

The NFL guidelines carry a six game suspension for domestic violence charges. If such a penalty is handed down, the Redskins would proceed as through they never signed Galette. Ryan Kerrigan gets almost all of the snaps on the left side, while occasionally sliding over to the right. Opposite Kerrigan it looks like Trent Murphy has an early edge over Preston Smith for the other starting OLB job. Trevardo Williams and Jackson Jeffcoat will compete for the other backup job.

Then Galette will be back for the final 10 games of the season, hungry to earn a solid contract for 2016 and to show that the Saints made a big mistake by letting him go. Even if Galette does have to serve a suspension beginning at the start of the season, he still should be back in plenty of time for the Redskins’ game against New Orleans in Week 10.

If Galette is around in Week 1, it is likely that Williams and Jeffcoat will both be gone. He may not start but he will take snaps away from Smith and Murphy. Perhaps Joe Barry can find a way to use all four of his outside linebackers in obvious passing situations, perhaps with one or more of them lining up in a three-point stance along the line.

It’s a good problem for Barry to have. Galette and the Redskins hope that Barry has those choices to make starting in Week 1 and not starting in Week 7. 

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

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Need to Know: The five highest-paid 2018 Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 24, 18 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The five highest-paid Redskins in 2018

Originally published 1/12/18

This is how the five highest-paid Redskins per their 2018 salary cap numbers stack up as of now. The list could change, of course during free agency and if a particular quarterback returns. Cap numbers via Over the Cap.

CB Josh Norman, $17 million—The Redskins do have a window which would allow them to move on from Norman. His $13.5 million salary for this year doesn’t become guaranteed until the fifth day of the league year so it would be “only” a $9 million cap charge to move on from Norman, who turned 30 in December. Don’t look for that to happen but the possibility is there.

OT Trent Williams, $13.86 million—He is one of the best left tackles in the business. Those of you out there who have advocated moving him to left guard should look at this cap number, which is way out of line for what a team can afford to pay a guard. At his pay, he needs to be playing on the edge.

OLB Ryan Kerrigan, $12.45 million—He has delivered double-digit sacks in each of the two seasons that his contract extension has been in effect. That’s good value in a league that values the ability to get to the quarterback.

TE Jordan Reed, $10.14 million—The Redskins knew that he might have a year like last year when he played in only six games when they agreed to Reed’s five-year, $50 million extension. They can live with one such season. If he has another one in 2018 they may rethink things.

G Brandon Scherff, $6.75 million—The fact that a rookie contract is No. 5 on this list is a good sign that, as of now, the Redskins’ cap is not top heavy like it was last year. The top three cap hits from Norman, Williams, and Kirk Cousins totaled $59 million, which was about 35 percent of the cap. This year the total cap numbers of the top three come to $43.3 million, 24.3 percent of the estimated $178 million salary cap.

Next five: OT Morgan Moses ($5.4 million), TE Vernon Davis ($5.33 million), DL Stacy McGee ($4.8 million), DL Terrell McClain ($4.75 million), S D.J. Swearinger ($4.33 million)

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Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 5
—NFL Draft (4/26) 61
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 197

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 

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Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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