"From the get-go I was a little bit nervous about, 'OK, geez, there's some things out there,'" McCloughan told Redskins.com, via CSN Washington. "But after we looked into everything -- even with the league office, talking to them and doing all that -- but like I said a couple of things are still pending but we felt fine with him as a person."
In January, Galette was arrested on domestic violence and simple battery charges, but the charges were eventually dropped. On the injury front, he suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the offseason. Doctors were unsure whether or not Galette required surgery.
His ouster from the Saints last month was not a clean one either, leaving some to wonder if he would play in 2015.
Though it gave him pause, McCloughan is taking a risk that we've seen succeed in the NFL, but one that has also caused major waves throughout an organization.
The fact that both deals were for a minimum salary reflect the fear that a signing like this can instill. But as McCloughan tries to build Washington back from the ground up, he'll need to find talented players wherever he can get them.