After suffering a torn left Achilles' tendon before ever playing a single game with the Redskins, linebacker
Junior Galette was asked a fairly innocuous question: Would he be staying in Northern Virginia for his offseason workouts, or would he be heading back to his home in Louisiana for a few months?
Then, to show the depth of his dedication to the Washington Redskins, the outside linebacker rolled up one of the sleeves of his shirt. Tattooed on his right biceps was the Redskins' logo, which he said he got "like a week" after he signed with the team in July.
"I'm not playing [around]," Galette said. "I really am serious about this. I'm here, in spite of my journey, you know what I'm saying? That's how serious I am."
Galette, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Redskins after five years with the New Orleans Saints, who released him in July after growing concerns about his behavior. In mid-August, around when he felt comfortable enough with his conditioning to play in a preseason game, he tore his left Achilles' tendon — an injury that rendered him out for the season.
His contract will not commute because of the injury, as it would for a suspension, but Galette will likely remain with the Redskins next season. General manager Scot McCloughan said in August that he would be interested in signing Galette to a second contract — and Galette insisted on Monday, when players cleaned out their lockers and took exit physicals after the Redskins were knocked out of the playoffs, that he would accept it if offered.
That contract would serve as the next stage of rehabilitation to Galette, who believes he was wronged by the Saints and said he is motivated by an ability to clear his name and be a responsible father to his two-year-old son.
If healthy, Galette would have provided the Redskins with an athletic pass rusher opposite
Instead, the Redskins went with a rotation of
Galette pointed to Smith's development, Kerrigan's steady play and the performance of the Redskins' defensive linemen, specifically defensive ends
It's a defense that Galette wants to be a part of, which is why he expressed an overwhelming desire on Monday to be on the field when next season begins.
"You've got to be uncomfortable," Galette said. "I was there and I embraced it. I'm here now at a level mentally that I've never been in my life, and I'm just ready to attack this offseason like I never have before and I just want to prove who I am as a player."
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