Former Saints, Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Junior Galette is considering retirement.

The 30-year-old linebacker, who has been in the NFL since 2010, is currently a free agent. He said in an Instagram post Sunday he has received three contract offers but is unsure if he wants to play in 2018. Galette did not say which teams contacted him.

That entire 20-plus-year journey to the pinnacle of his profession, without anyone finding out about an indictment. Not a complaint, a probe, an arrest, a detainment, an arraignment — an indictment.

This, in a league where an anonymous smear video clip can alter the course of a player’s career in an instant, just because that’s what teams can do.

No, it does not make sense.

Except in all the ways it makes perfect sense. It’s the least-plausible and most-plausible thing imaginable. It’s the NFL in 2018 in a nutshell.

“At this point we aren’t concerned this injury will jeopardize his season,” McDermott told reporters, adding it was “best for us to get this done now.”

It isn’t yet, though.

So far this year, Tom Brady in New England and Aaron Donald in LA, among others, have been placed under the microscope for not being there for Day 1 of offseason workouts. It really is part of the NFL’s offseason routine — do a head count for camps, OTAs and the like, see who’s missing, dig for reasons, grill head coach and teammates about what’s going on and what it means.

The disclaimer is always included: Workouts are voluntary, but …

It’s exhausting. It needs to stop. It sucks up energy that could be applied elsewhere.

It won’t stop, though. The 2018 offseason is off to that kind of start already. The NFL has flunked another English exam.ravens_173

Matt Nagy: Bears “certainly have enough” offensive pieces now

The Bears went into the offseason with a goal of upgrading their offensive options and head coach Matt Nagy gave a positive review of their work after the end of the draft on Saturday.

Chicago added help at wide receiver and tight end in free agency, drafted interior lineman James Daniels and wide receiver Anthony Miller in the second round and then added another wide receiver in the seventh round. Nagy said the new faces leave him happy with the pieces he will be working with in his first season on the job.

Gregory was banned by the league on Jan.6, 2017, for a minimum of one year due to multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

A 2015 second-round draft pick out of Nebraska, Gregory last played for Dallas in the 2016 season finale.

He’s being very diligent in preparing his information and preparing his application, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Wednesday at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas.

The name of the bunch is Moritz Böhringer, who has been allocated to the Bengals. He was a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2016, after a standout career with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. He spent the 2016 season on their practice squad.

Other players include German Football League fullback Christopher Ezeala (Ravens), former British American Football League defensive back Tigie Sankoh (Browns) and former English professional rugby player/tight end Christian Scotland-Williamson (Steelers). Tight end Alex Gray (Falcons), defensive end Alex Jenkins (Saints), linebacker Eric Nzeocha (Buccaneers), and defensive end Efe Obada (Panthers) return for another year as well.

They can’t be promoted to the active roster (such that they would), so it’s an extra body for coaches and a marketing opportunity for the league.

The Dolphins were trailblazers in that, by the way.broncos_012_39f2516d2435d739-180x180

Robert Kraft’s Meek Mill visit puts both of NFL owners’ two faces on display

There is no end in sight for the contradictions in play among the NFL owners, players and de facto-ex-players. Exhibit No. 3,697,402 (approximate, dating back to 2016): Robert Kraft visiting Meek Mill in prison.

At one, important level, the trip by the Patriots owner to the imprisoned rapper fits neatly into his recent history, and it illuminates the work of the Players Coalition over the past year-plus. A straight line can be drawn from players like Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins and Devin McCourty — even before it was officially labeled a coalition — advocating for sentencing reform, to directly engaging politicians, to pushing owners to back them up, to Kraft turning words into actions.

Edge rusher: Clayborn was a good get, but he did most of his sack damage for the Falcons in a situational rotational role. Returning end Trey Flowers led a productive committee with 6 1/2 of the team’s 42 sacks, but New England’s pass rush overall last season was inconsistent.

Cornerback: McCourty replaces Butler in the short term, but he becomes a 31-year-old free agent in 2019. Behind Stephon Gilmore and McCourty, there’s Eric Rowe, also in a contract year, and not much else. That makes corner a priority position for multiple selections.

The Saints also signed tight end Ben Watson this offseason, hoping to give Brees more options in the red zone. Meredith and Watson are both 6-3, and Michael Thomas, the team’s top-returning receiver, is also 6-3.

With Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr. and Meredith on board, the Saints will now have more flexibility in this month’s NFL Draft. New Orleans has no second-round pick after trading up to select running back Alvin Kamara last season.

Back in February, Kraft and his son, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, co-authored a Boston Globe op-ed pushing for juvenile justice reform. At a criminal justice reform symposium at Harvard Law School last month attended by several NFL players, McCourty told a panel that the younger Kraft said to him, “My family has owned the Patriots, I’ve done well, great upbringing, (but) I had no idea about some of the things that went on.”seahawks_011

Think about this for a second: Tom Brady, the best quarterback of all time, currently has an average salary of $20.5 million per season.

Yes, that’s quite a bit of money. Almost as much as the 10-Point Stance editorial staff makes.

However…

Shurmur acknowledged Beckham’s presence Monday, and Manning and Collins both participated in conference calls with the media. The Giants also indirectly confirmed the attendance of numerous other players on their social media accounts by posting photos of their arrivals and in the team’s weight room.

Shurmur is not permitted to force his players to attend per restrictions established by the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, and therefore, the Giants do not take attendance, at least not for public consumption.

But Shurmur has not hid his belief of just how important showing up Monday was, especially with the Giants ushering in a new era with Shurmur’s offense, coordinator James Bettcher’s defense and a locker room that ended last season’s 3-13 campaign badly in need of repair.

He said Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is having issues because he needs God.

There are numerous problems with this statement, but the most obvious one is that Lewis was once charged with two counts of murder. He eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after lying in that murder investigation.

Meanwhile, Beckham has never been arrested. Aside from some odd videos and pictures, he has never gotten into a whiff of trouble off the field.

Yet he’s the one being accused of acting godlessly? Really?

This has become increasingly common with Beckham. People in the media are making him out to be a bad dude, one who’s in need of saving. He has his faults, but we should remember that he’s not, well, Lewis.la_kings_011