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Bills An Option For OLB Junior Galette?

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports mentioned the Bills as a team to watch for free agent OLB Junior Galette, due to his ties to Rob Ryan.

The Buffalo Bills have Rob Ryan on their staff and Rob Ryan has been vouching for Galette as a pass-rusher, as a guy who can — if healthy — create some havoc,” Garafolo told 106.7 The Fan, via CBS DC. “I do expect the Buffalo Bills to at least nose around Junior Galette come the start of the negotiating period on March 7.

Galette worked with Ryan while in New Orleans and had his most productive year under him.

Garafolo did, however, admit that the Bills’ salary cap situation could impact them pursuing free agents.

That’s my hunch for a team that would be in play. Now, whether they’re able to pony up the bucks, and again, they do not have a lot of salary cap room,” Garafolo said. “I don’t see it as an aggressive play, but you’re dealing with a guy who’s got character issues and, again, coming off an injury, coming off a pretty serious injury, so I don’t know that any team’s really going to throw a ton of money at him.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post recently reported that Galettle fired agent Peter Schaffer, and in turn, put contract talks on hold with Washington, which means he’ll now have to wait five days before he can hire a new agent, due to league rules.

According to Jones, Galette is intent on re-signing with the Redskins and would like to sign a one-year deal to prove his worth.

Washington was reportedly offering Galette a multi-year deal that included a low base salary along with incentives. The problem was that Galette’s agent was advising him to take the offer from the Redskins, but he wasn’t interested in this kind of contract.

Galette was suffered an Achilles’ tear during a preseason practice, which led to him being placed on season-ending injured reserve at the start of the regular season. He was later suspended for two games for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy for his role in a January incident in which he was accused of domestic violence.

Galette, 27, received a one-year, $745,000 contract from the Redskins and is in line to be a free agent in the coming weeks.

In 2014, Galette appeared in all 16 games for the Saints and recorded 45 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, two safeties and two pass defenses. That year, Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 4 defensive end in a 4-3 defense out of 59 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.