Right of first refusal complicates Galette’s effort to get paid


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.

9 responses to “Right of first refusal complicates Galette’s effort to get paid

  1. This guy is a scrub who had one good season. New Orleans did the right (and expensive) thing by cutting him, and Washington should let him walk. Anyone who pays him big money is foolish.

  2. I don’t see any impediments. The Skins match or they don’t.

    As for the bad P.R., that doesn’t keep you from fielding a competitive team. Goodell will suspend any player for anything nowadays, so you’ve got to just figure your starters will miss a few games. Suspension are the same as injuries.

    It’s basically a dare to win situation.

  3. ebdug says:
    Feb 29, 2016 2:25 PM
    I don’t see any impediments. The Skins match or they don’t.


    Putting together a offer sheet is not just opening a word template and filling out “JUNIOR GALETTE”. There’s an opportunity cost to any team who wants Junior — while they are negotiating with him, they are losing the chance to negotiate with someone else.

    If I were a GM, and I saw that Washington wants him. Add in the fact that he wants to be paid (despite dwindling stats and a year off with an injury), why waste the time putting together a market package that he will either reject or Washington will accept.

  4. Junior is as hardcore as 12 baby goslings curb-stomping the Snuggle Bear.

    HAWDCAW, I tell you. He’s gonna get that image for his next tattoo.

  5. Compare Galette actions to Greg hardy actions is dumb and stupid. Galetti was punished deservedly so for a misdemeanor. Greg Hardy should be in jail right now.

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