After going through a season in which the pass rush lacked some bite, the Washington NFL team may have bitten off more than they can chew in attempts to restore it. Washington announced the signing of former New Orleans Saints pass rush specialist Junior

FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette walks along the bench during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.A defense that ranked second-to-last in the NFL last season has cut ties with Galette, who led the club with 10 sacks. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

Galette last week, signing the 27-year-old edge rusher to a one-year deal. Galette will be expected to start opposite Ryan Kerrigan as an outside linebacker for new defensive coordinator Joe Barry as the Washington team continues the use of the 3-4 defense that the club has used over the past few years. Galette will come to the capital with unquestionable talent, but he also arrives with some baggage that the team can ill afford to handle if things go south.

Galette has been anything but a saint in his last two seasons with the Big Easy team. Whether he was dominating on the field (22 sacks from 2013-2014) or in the news (Galette was stopped for driving with an expired license last month and charged in January for domestic violence), Galette has been a controversial figure in Louisiana. Galette was re-signed to a four-year, $41 million contract extension after his 12-sack season in 2013 despite the surfacing of a video showing a man that appeared to be the 6-foot-2, 258-pound Galette involved in a brawl at a Miami beach, where the man struck several people, including a woman, in the face with a belt while onlookers panicked and pleaded for the fight to stop. Galette was never penalized for the video, but his January arrest for simple battery was enough for the Saints to decide that they had had enough. The charge was later dismissed, but the damage to the team was enough for New Orleans to swallow the fact that they would have to pay $18 million to Galette over the next two seasons per rules of the salary cap.

New Orleans essentially cut Galette a check to leave the team while Washington was right there to open their arms to the maligned linebacker. Galette will join a team short on veterans and leadership but high on pressure and expectations. Washington is banking on Galette to mature at some point, despite him being three years shy of his 30th birthday, and for the troubled linebacker to help turn his life – and the Washington pass rush – around. Off the field concerns aside, Galette has found his grove as an NFL defender, finishing sixth in the league in sacks in 2013 and tying for 15th last season. The former undrafted free agent from Stillman College

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, left, talks with newly signed teammate Junior Galette, right, during the teams NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)

(Galette later transferred there after being suspended from the football team at Temple) has made huge strides as a player since signing with New Orleans in 2010. Now, Galette just has to make similar strides off the field.

The Washington NFL team is confident that Galette is a changed man and can put his off-field issues away and refocus on football. If the team’s plans work, then Galette could work with Kerrigan to become one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL. However, Washington isn’t known to be one of the more stabilizing franchises, so any possible setback could have ramifications on the Washington roster that could put a serious damper on the current regime.