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Redskins believe that Galette will be back in 2016


Redskins believe that Galette will be back in 2016

The Redskins lost Junior Galette for the season before he ever played so much as a preseason snap for them. He went down with a torn Achilles on Wednesday, just three days before he was set to take the field against the Ravens in Baltimore.

The loss of Galette hurts the Redskins in a number of ways, from the subtraction of his double-digit sack ability from the field to his enthusiastic presence on the practice field and in the locker room. But his absence doesn’t hurt the Redskins much financially.

Last month the Redskins signed Galette to a minimum-salary contract that was set to pay him $745,000 if he played this year. However, a clause in the contract called for a preseason split salary and that called for his salary to be reduced to $413,000 if he went on injured reserve during the preseason.

The $413,000 will count against the salary cap but it represents just about 0.28 percent of the $143 million cap so the team won’t feel much pain.

Galette won’t have to deal with financial troubles, either. The Saints paid him a $12.5 million bonus in the spring on top of the $4.35 million they paid Galette last year after signing him to a contract extension.

But the Redskins could decide to pay Galette his full salary despite the injury with the hope that they could buy some good will for their $332,000. Galette will be a free agent after the season and perhaps if the Redskins pay him his full salary, the gesture will be remembered when it comes time to hammer out a contract in 2016.

Regardless, the Redskins are very confident that Galette will play for them in 2016.

“No doubt,” GM Scot McCloughan said when asked if Galette would be back. “No doubt about it. The veterans that I respect on this team came to him in the training room and grabbed him. We had guys crying with him. That’s family. That’s football. That’s what we are. It’s cool.”

Coach Jay Gruden spoke with similar confidence.

“People really were growing to like Junior but we have to let them understand that we’re going to do everything we can to get Junior healthy and back,” he said. “He’s going to be a Redskin next year. We’re going to take care of him. He’s going to come back stronger than ever — that’s a talk we had to have.”

It will be interesting to see what the market for Galette will be next spring. Teams are willing to pay premium dollars for pass rushers, even ones with some problems in their pasts. The Redskins do have the right to match any offer Galette gets, but their budget could be limited by the five-year, $57.5 million extension given to Ryan Kerrigan. 

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.