According to the Washington Post, Junior Galette has parted ways with his agent Peter Schaffer as of February 28th. Galette has been unhappy with the nature of his contract negotiations, leading to the split. Reports state that the Redskins offered a multi-year deal with a low base salary and incentives and Galette was less than enthused with Schaffer’s advice. Making things a little more complicated, Schaffer also represents Redskins General Manage Scot McCloughan.
Galette signed a one-year deal with Washington last summer upon being released by the New Orleans Saints, and he is looking to remain in Washington. But, he believes that it is in his best interest to sign a one-year “prove it” deal to put him in a position to sign a mega multi-year deal in 2017, since he is coming off a torn Achilles’ tendon.
“I know I’m coming off of the Achilles, but I’m doing great, I’m 27 years old, and I’ve seen older players come back from this injury and have great years,” he said. “My body fat is down to 8 percent, I’m eating and sleeping better than I ever have, I’ve matured and I’m hungrier than I’ve ever been. I know I can dominate again this season.”
The search for a new agent can begin March 4th, as Galette must wait five days before hiring a new agent under the rules. This will be his fourth agent since entering the NFL. He will be looking for an agent “that’s on the same page” as him.