The Washington Redskins are moving on from Junior Galette. Multiple sources said the Redskins anticipate Galette receiving a better offer from another team -- possibly the Cleveland Browns. The Redskins have spoken to the veteran pass-rusher about the situation, and a source involved said the Redskins' offer was pulled. NBC Sports Washington's Chick Hernandez first reported this development.
Galette, who will be 30 next season, has not yet received an offer from Cleveland. Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams coached him for two seasons in New Orleans, and Scot McCloughan, now a Browns consultant, was a primary reason he came to Washington.
There's a chance the Los Angeles Rams will get involved with him later if he's available, a source said. But there does not appear to be strong interest right now, as the Rams remain in on Ndamukong Suh. The Rams have a number of ex-Redskins assistants, including head coach Sean McVay and linebackers coach Joe Barry.
Galette had made it clear that he wanted to remain in Washington, but after making $800,000 last season, he felt the Redskins' offer was too low.
No Team Makes More sense Then the Skins They Took me in while others kicked me down but it's Gotta Be Fair *Blessed And Highly Favored* #HTTR— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) March 18, 2018
Washington has starters Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith. But the Redskins rotated in the backups more than in the past under new coordinator Greg Manusky. Kerrigan credited staying fresh with helping him record 13 sacks en route to a Pro Bowl berth.
The Redskins have made an offer to linebacker Pernell McPhee, who also has met with the Atlanta Falcons. McPhee is bigger than Galette by about 20 pounds and can rush inside from a three-point stance or outside. Galette offered quickness off the ball, especially out of a four-point stance.
He recorded three sacks last season, the only one he was able to play despite being in Washington for three years. He missed the previous two years with Achilles injuries -- to a different foot each time.
Galette made no secret during the season of his desire for more play time. It wasn't until the final four games that he got consistent snaps. He averaged 20.75 snaps in the first 12 games and 34.75 over the last four and applied solid pressure.
The Redskins also saw Trent Murphy exit via free agency, signing with the Buffalo Bills. The Redskins had hoped to keep Murphy, who received a three-year, $21 million deal with the Bills. Of that, $10.375 million is guaranteed. That would have been a lot for the Redskins to pay a backup, even one who will play a lot.
The Redskins do have outside linebacker Ryan Anderson, last year's second-round pick who provided little impact as a pass-rusher. He's not an explosive rusher, so he needs to work on getting off the ball quicker and his leverage -- with his hands and his pads.
It often takes young pass-rushers time to mature. That's what the Redskins hope will happen with Anderson, who did not have a sack last season. In Murphy's first season, he had only 2.5; he had 3.5 his second season and 9.0 his third before missing last year with a torn ACL.
The Redskins also have Pete Robertson, who spent time on the active roster last season, and Alex McCalister, who ended the year on Washington's practice squad. Veteran Connor Barwin remains available and has three unnamed teams interested in him, but the Redskins do not appear to be one of them at this point. If the Redskins miss on McPhee, they could draft another outside linebacker. Or they could wait and see who else is released after the draft.