In addition to firing his agent, Washington linebacker Junior Galette has another impediment to getting the kind of contract he wants — beyond his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon and a two-game suspension imposed on him last year, arising from domestic violence allegations that occurred while he was with the Saints.
PFT has confirmed that Galette has a right of first refusal in his Washington contract, which gives Washington the ability to match any offer he signs elsewhere.
Given Galette’s multiple off-field issues, including the incident for which he was suspended and a bizarre breach brouhaha video that featured Galette wielding a belt, any team interested in signing Galette will have to assume the potential P.R. backlash while still possibly losing him to Washington, if Washington exercises its prerogative to match the offer within five days after it’s signed.
Galette, who turns 28 next month, had 12 sacks in 2013 and 10 in 2014. And so in today’s pass-rush happy NFL, he has value to a team, if a team can get him without running the risk of a double whammy that includes being criticized for cozying up to a guy who has faced domestic violence allegations while ultimately having Washington match the offer.