Even with some 21 free agent additions already this offseason, the Raiders are still picking through what’s out there trying to uncover player who can help them. The latest report is that of former Washington pass rusher Junior Galette who is visiting Oakland Friday according to ESPN’s John Keim.
Linebacker Junior Galette will visit Oakland tomorrow per source. Galette has drawn interest lately from a couple teams.— John Keim (@john_keim) April 5, 2018
Galette was listed on my Raider Free Agent Wishlist among pass rushers. He was not high on a lot of radars because he is a few years removed from his best football.
After double digit sacks in 2013 and 2014 for the Saints, he missed all of the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Achilles tears. He resurfaced in Washington where he appeared in all 16 games but with no starts and finished with just 3.0 sacks – his fewest for a full season in his career. His hits, hurries, and pressure numbers are still pretty good and it could be a classic ‘buy low’ situation. The 29-year-old was in the top five in all three statistics among free agent edge defenders. Where his issues lie are in run defense. In 135 run plays, he had just 11 tackles and 5 stops.