The Washington Redskins achieved a major offseason goal and bolstered their pass rush by signing outside linebacker Junior Galette to a one-year contract on Tuesday night. The deal is worth up to $4.1 million.
Galette, who turns 28 late this month, signed a one-year deal with Washington last July 31, a mere four days after the the New Orleans Saints released him due to concerns over his off the field behavior. Galette had 22 quarterback sacks in 2013 and 2014 and 31.5 sacks for his career.
Galette immediately looked like a pass rushing force in training camp, providing a powerful outside speed rush. However, Galette tore his Achilles Tendon in practice almost a month after signing and was lost for the season.
All along, Galette made it clear he wanted to stay in Washington, where the Skins held a right to match any contract offer he got elsewhere in 2016. The linebacker even got a Redskins logo tattoo on his arm to indicate his desire to stay with the team and Scot McCloughan, the general manager who brought him to town.
“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.’”
Washington hopes Galette can provide a major pass rushing force to complement Ryan Kerrigan on the other side, to go along with LB Preston Smith, who led all NFL rookies in 2015 with 8 sacks.
A pass rusher of Galette’s ability is now paid eight figures in the NFL, so to get him — if they get the Galette of 2013 and 2014 — for about $4 million, would make him potentially one of the biggest bargains in the NFL this offseason.
The signing of Galette continues Washington’s practice this offseason of focusing on mostly signing its own players, such as QB Colt McCoy, safety Duke Ihenacho, punter Tress Way and ILB Mason Foster.
The team also signed safety David Bruton from the Broncos on Tuesday.