Pass-rusher Junior Galette was an unrestricted free agent but has found a home for next season.
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Galette Signs with Redskins
Tuesday, March 15
Galette Hires Rosenhaus
Monday, March 7
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported the news of Galette's decision to hire Drew Rosenhaus as his agent.
Redskins Reportedly Can Match Offers on Galette
Monday, Feb. 29
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Galette has a "right of first refusal" in his contract, which gives the Redskins the ability to match any offer he may sign with another team.
Gruden Expects Redskins to Re-Sign Galette
Thursday, Feb. 25
I feel good about getting Junior back. I really do. We didn't have him very long on the field, unfortunately. But he showed enough on the field that he can be a force for us when he’s right. He's doing everything he can to get his body right, and now it's a matter of getting him signed to our football team. I feel good about our chances in doing that, but you never know.
Injury, Past Incident Complicate Galette's Free Agency
Even without Galette's services, Washington managed to win the NFC East in 2015 with a record of 9-7.
Despite the strong season, the Redskins can stand to improve in several areas, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. They ranked in the middle of the pack with 38 sacks, which is a number the 27-year-old linebacker and defensive end can certainly help boost if healthy.
Per El-Bashir, Gruden is very pleased with how Galette's rehabilitation has progressed to this point: "(Galette's) rehab is coming along great. I see him in (the training room) every morning. He's excited to get back on the field."
As seen in this video posted by Galette on Twitter, the former Temple standout certainly seems to have regained a great deal of explosiveness:
What Achilles??!! pic.twitter.com/oAmunXN7XC— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) February 24, 2016
Galette signed with the Redskins last offseason after five years with the New Orleans Saints, and he was set to enter 2015 coming off two consecutive campaigns with double-digit sacks.
His potential in that regard could make him highly sought after on the open market, but he certainly seems committed to the Redskins based on his new tattoo, via this photo tweeted by Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan:
Galette certainly comes with some risk due to the Achilles injury and some character concerns related to a domestic violence charge in January 2015 that was ultimately dropped.
The native of Haiti is an extremely productive and disruptive force on the field when he is healthy, though, and Washington kept him at a slightly discounted price due to health concerns.
Every player heals at a different pace when it comes to Achilles ailments, but if the progress Galette showed in his workout video is any indication, the Redskins could have a major contributor on their hands in 2016.
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