Washington never got to see pass rusher Junior Galette in action, but they hope to make that happen in 2016. Galette has said he would like to re-sign with the team in 2016 and head coach Jay Gruden says the feeling is mutual, as Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune writes.
“He came into training camp and was outstanding for us and really got our hearts pumping,” Gruden said. “We were really fired up to get him. We didn’t have any issues with him whatsoever…We obviously would love to get him back if we can,” he said.
Galette signed a one-year deal with Washington before tearing his Achilles in August. The 27-year-old (28 in March) was New Orleans’ best pass rusher over the previous two seasons, recording 12 sacks in 2013 and picking up another 10 – along with three forced fumbles – in 2014. Galette’s production earned him a lucrative contract extension in September, but his offseason was dominated by negative headlines.
In January, Galette was arrested on a domestic violence charge that was later dropped. After that, a video from 2013 surfaced showing a man that appears to be Galette involved in a beach brawl, striking a woman with a belt. The off-field concerns resulted in the Saints releasing the edge defender, despite having to eat a huge chunk of dead money. Following the move, reports surfaced indicating that Galette had a negative influence on the New Orleans locker room, and his former teammates didn’t seem too broken up about his departure.
Washington quickly snatched Galette off the free agent market when he became available, despite an expectation that he could face a suspension, but it was a low-risk, minimum-salary deal for the team. A similar deal could bring the two sides back together in the New Year.