BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNwashington.com
Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan admitted he was nervous about signing linebacker Junior Galette because of his off-field issues, but said he and the team’s front office feel fine with him as a person.
Galette, who the Saints released Monday over character concerns, signed a one-year deal with the Redskins for the league minimum after careful consideration from the Redskins front office.
“From the get-go I was a little bit nervous about, ‘OK, geez, there’s some things out there,’ " McCloughan told Redskins.com. “But after we looked into everything - even with the league office, talking to them and doing all that - but like I said a couple of things are still pending but we felt fine with him as a person.”
Galette was arrested in January on domestic violence charges, though the charges were later dropped. A video from two-years ago also allegedly shows Galette striking a woman with a belt during an altercation.
But McCloughan said he felt the advantages of signing Galette outweighed the linebacker’s troubled past.
“We did a lot of research on him, as we do with everybody,” he said. “He’s got a couple things still pending out there so we had to really look in to it, and we did. … We all got together and asked, ‘Honest opinion, what do you guys think?’ and we all had a thumbs up.”
McCloughan also praised Galette, who has registered 22 sacks since 2013, for his unique pass rushing skills and said the linebacker could have easily gotten more.
“I watched five games yesterday from last year and he could’ve easily had eight more sacks.” he said. “The guy gets to the quarterback. The guys plays with a relentless motor and with anger. “
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