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Redskins Re-Sign Linebacker Junior Galette

Posted Mar 16, 2016

The Washington Redskins have reached a deal with pass rusher Junior Galette, who missed the entire 2015 season with a torn Achilles.

The Washington Redskins have reached a deal with pass rusher Junior Galette, who missed the entire 2015 season with a torn Achilles.

Junior Galette is getting what he’s desired for the last few months: a return to the Washington Redskins.

On Wednesday, the team formally announced that it had re-signed the pass rusher, who is looking to bounce back after missing the entire season last year with a torn Achilles.

Terms of the deal were not announced, though many are reporting it's a one-year deal for Galette.

The linebacker was signed to a one-year deal by Washington last July 31, just four days after the New Orleans Saints released him due to reported off-the-field issues.

From the jump, Galette appeared poised to provide the Redskins a special pass-rush talent that could provide nightmares opposite Ryan Kerrigan.

“He looks awesome,” Kerrigan said in August. “He’s super athletic and just like I remember him in New Orleans. He’s a guy that gets off the ball quickly and causes a lot of havoc in the backfield. You can tell he doesn’t like sitting still for much, so he’s excited to get out there I’m sure.”

But Galette, who totaled 22 combined sacks during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, never got his chance to showcase what he could bring to the Redskins against other teams, as he was lost for the season in late August after tearing his Achilles during practice.

The toughest part of missing the 2015 season for Galette was the mental side of the game, as he said in January that his rehab was going smoothly but not playing football for a whole season was something completely new to him.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 12 years old, so from since I was 12 years old from June to January, my life has been football,” Galette said. “So now 15 years later, I’ve never really missed a season and I missed a full season, so it was kind of a little bit of trauma in there for me. I had to deal with that mentally. I had to go through those dark stages. But the success that the team had gave me encouragement every day, motivation like, ‘Man this is good. I made the perfect decision.’ So, mentally it was hard, it was a rough stage, but right now, I had to go through that to be where I’m at right now.”

Galette has been adamant about returning to the Redskins this season, especially with the relationship he’s built with general manager Scot McCloughan.

“Scot makes me so eager because I have his trust,” Galette said. “I know he has my back no matter what. He has my back, there’s no doubt about it. I’m not worried about money right now, I’m worried about getting my name back to a place where people can say, “‘That’s a mature young man that is a professional.’”

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Galette’s attitude is “infectious.”

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to see it very long, we had him out at practice a couple times and he was just getting back form an injury and he only got to practice a couple times and you could just see the energy that he had and all of a sudden he had the Achilles which is unfortunate,” Gruden said. “I see him all the time rehabbing, he’s getting himself ready and I’m excited for him to come back.”

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