Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 16, 43 days before the NFL Draft.
Fan questions: Galette deal a solid compromise
I answered some fan questions over the weekend and I had an overflow of good ones so I’m going to take care of some of the overflow today.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Why so quiet on the Galette front? Redskins waiting to see if they'll match any offers? #NTK— Marcus 🏈🏀🇨🇴🇺🇸 (@KSU_LYNCH_MOB) March 12, 2016
Of course, this question was sent prior to last night, when Galette and the Redskins agreed on a one-year contract worth up to $4.1 million. It appears that the deal represents a compromise, with both sides getting some of what they wanted. Galette got the length of deal that he was looking for. If he comes back healthy and has a good year he will get rewarded in free agency in 2017. The cap hit on the deal is more like what the Redskins were looking for, although they did want a multi-year contract. Usually when both sides get something and give something it's a good contract. In any case, it should be interesting to watch a Redskins nickel pass rushing package that includes Galette, Ryan Kerrigan, and Preston Smith. In January Galette said that he anticipates being on the field for the start of OTAs after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in August.
@Rich_TandlerCSN Some speculation Skins will trade back in the draft for more picks. Any merit to that #NTK— Justin Thacker (@JThacker82) March 12, 2016
I wouldn’t call that speculation, I’d call that a near certainty. At the Senior Bowl, Scot McCloughan all but ruled out moving up in the first round but he did say that he was open to trading back. They currently have eight picks; I’ll say that the over/under for the number of picks the Redskins end up with is 10.5. Most of the speculation will center around the first-round pick and that's a possibility but I would start looking at possibilities from about the third round on.
Hey @Rich_TandlerCSN Any chance the redskins take a look a Zach Brown? #NTK— Aaron McCain (@AJSoGoofy) March 12, 2016
Sure! When and where are they playing? Verizon Center? Jiffy Lube? I’ve got to get my tickets, too. Oh, wait, you asked about Zach, with an “h”, not the Zac Brown Band. That Zach Brown, not so much. He’s a mediocre 3-4 inside linebacker. The Redskins would take an upgrade there but it does not appear that Brown is better than what they have.
@Rich_TandlerCSN #NTK Can Quinton Dunbar make the leap this offseason to solidify one of top 3 spots on the CB depth chart?— M21_Atie6 (@M21_Atie6) March 12, 2016
This question was submitted before cornerback Will Blackmon was re-signed so it complicates things a bit but the answer is basically the same—it’s up to Dunbar. With Chris Culliver likely to miss OTAs and at least some of training camp while he rehabs his injured knee, Dunbar will get an opportunity to get substantial work with the first unit. If he has prepared for the season and performs well, they will find snaps for him when the season starts regardless of Culliver’s status.
—The Redskins last played a game 66 days ago. It will be about 179 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 33; 2016 NFL draft 43; Redskins training camp starts 134
In case you missed it
- Galette re-signs with Redskins
- Is DL Andrew Billings worth a first?
- Linebacker Will Compton tops Redskins in performance-based pay
- Do the Redskins have any players they could trade?
- Redskins TE Paulsen medically cleared after missing 2015 season
- Former Redskins OT Tom Compton reportedly to sign with Falcons