Star pass-rusher Junior Galette didn't play an official down for the Washington Redskins after tearing his Achilles prior to the 2015 season. Now he'll seek to change that after re-signing with the team on a one-year deal worth up to $4 million, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
Considering Galette had gotten a tattoo of the Redskins' logo, it appeared he was all but certain to stick around, since he also said he wanted to. Washington felt comfortable enough to acquire him last offseason, so it didn't waver from that stance this time around.
Galette was only signed to a one-year deal worth $745,000, per Spotrac. That's because the New Orleans Saints released him due to a domestic violence charge from early 2015 that was eventually dropped, along with a 2013 video that showed a man who was alleged to be Galette striking a woman with a belt.
Those off-field issues led to New Orleans cutting Galette loose, which cost an expensive $12 million in dead cap money. Washington picked him up and evidently feels comfortable enough with Galette to make him part of the team for at least one more year.
In January, Galette spoke of his hopes for the future with the Redskins and how he wanted to redeem himself for what had happened in his checkered past, per ESPN.com's John Keim:
I'm worried about getting my name back to the point people can say that this is a mature young man. I'm worried about my son being able to search my name three, four years from now and there's nothing negative about me. I want him to say this is my dad, this is someone I want to look up to.
Washington fared just fine without Galette en route to an NFC East division crown this past season. The defense did leave something to be desired, though, as the Redskins ranked 28th in total yards allowed.
General manager Scot McCloughan has proven to be a savvy talent evaluator. Based on his exceptional judgment and proven ability to build a solid roster since taking control of personnel, the flier on Galette appears like a sound decision.
Provided the 27-year-old is healthy and has put his issues beyond the gridiron behind him, there's reason to believe Galette can have a big impact this next year in the nation's capital.
He'd put together two straight double-digit sack seasons before joining the Redskins and could well form an excellent edge-rushing trio with Ryan Kerrigan and breakout rookie Preston Smith.