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Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source

Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency to find a team that will give him plenty of snaps, per a source with knowledge of the situation.

Galette's contract will expire once the 2017 regular season ends, and while the 29-year-old pass rush specialist appreciates the Redskins organization and fans, he wants to play. 

After suffering season-ending Achilles injuries in 2015 and 2016, Galette has stayed healthy throughout the 2017 season. 

Still, he hasn't been on the field much.

Ryan Kerrigan leads the Redskins with 358 snaps in pass rush situations, and Preston Smith ranks second with 297, according to Pro Football Focus. 

Galette has played only 197 snaps this season in pass rush situations. 

For comparison, rookie Jonathan Allen logged 112 snaps in pass rush situations. Allen played in just five games before heading to the injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury. Galette has played in all 13 Redskins games this year, and hasn't appeared on the injury report once. 

Compounding the issue, Galette has been effective when on the field. 

Pro Football Focus rated him the third best defender on the Redskins this season, behind only Kerrigan and cornerback Kendall Fuller. 

As Rich Tandler noted, there will be a market for Galette. All NFL teams need pass rushers, and it appears Galette still has plenty left after his two-year layoff. Remember, in 2013 and 2014 Galette had 22 sacks for the New Orleans Saints.  This season, he has two sacks. 

The Redskins deserve credit for sticking with Galette after two lost seasons, though Galette deserves credit too for working back from not one but two Achilles injuries. 

Washington's coaches and front office speak highly of Galette, and there haven't been off field issues. For whatever reason, the playing time just hasn't been there. 

Looks like that will change next year. 

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How Dan Snyder and Redskins fans were huge in helping Junior Galette return to form

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How Dan Snyder and Redskins fans were huge in helping Junior Galette return to form

Junior Galette doesn't like when you call it "quitting," but yes, he does admit that suffering two torn Achilles did push him to the brink of retirement.

But, obviously, he didn't ultimately make the decision to stop playing football, and he credits Redskins owner Dan Snyder and the team's fans as two of the main reasons why he fought to rehab twice from an injury that has halted the careers of many others

Immediately after the first Achilles tear, Snyder was one of the first people Galette saw in the training room. It was a conversation there, as well as a gesture shortly thereafter, that kept Galette's spirits up.

"He came up to me and he was like, 'Hey, you're gonna be here,'" Galette told CSN's JP Finlay on Finlay's #RedskinsTalk podcast. "And I was like, 'What?' It was weird, it caught me at a moment, like what is the owner even doing here in the training room speaking to me? That meant a lot."

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That wasn't all Snyder did for the pass rusher, though.

"I was obviously frustrated in the moment where I didn't really want to see anybody, but it didn't hit me until I got out of surgery and there was a jet waiting for me to come back to Ashburn and start my rehab. His private jet," Galette remembered. "So it meant a lot that they were so supportive of me and I hadn't even played for them."

Those who root for Snyder's franchise, meanwhile, peppered Galette with messages on Twitter through his recovery from both of his season-enders. It didn't matter that they were strangers to him — each one contributed to his desire to return.

"That definitely helped," he said. "A lot of fans would reach out to me all the time... It inspires me."

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Now, No. 58 is finally back with the Redskins, and should receive more snaps each week he sees the field. After a training camp in which he reminded observers and teammates what he's capable of, he's intent on doing so on Sundays, too. 

After all, he needs to repay those who were patient with his comeback.

"I appreciate them, and as long as I just get on the field and I'm healthy," he said, "they're gonna get the most exciting player that they've seen here in quite a while."

For more of the podcast featuring Junior Galette, including the team's funny nicknames for Ryan Anderson and how Kobe Bryant relates to one of his Achilles injuries, listen to the rest of the interview below.

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Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Junior Galette back on the practice field, but preseason future uncertain

Redskins fans really want to see Junior Galette on the field. They really, really want to see him on the field. For his part, Galette wants back out there too, just check his social media. 

Good news then came Wednesday afternoon when Washington coach Jay Gruded revealed that Galette was back at practice after missing the better part of two weeks with a hamstring injury. Galette, remember, hasn't played in two seasons for the Redskins, missing both years with Achilles injuries. 

"[Galette] did some team excercises. He did all the individuals. He did some team stuff, not a lot, but he just wanted to get in there and get his feet wet and see how he felt," Gruden said of the outside linebacker. "He felt pretty good."

Now, assuming Galette practices all week without a setback, Gruden will have a decision to make. After losing Trent Murphy for the season to a knee injury in the first preseason game against Baltimore, the Redskins go from a situation where production from Galette went from a luxury to a necessity. Do the Redskins want, or even need, to see Galette get some live game action before Week 1 against the Eagles? Or is it best to keep Galette safe and sound on the bench during the remaining two preseason games?

"I would like to get him some action before he plays because he hasn't played in a couple years," Gruden said. 

"I would like to get him out there, but I also don't want to jeopardize his hamstring and have him re-injure it. There is a fine line there," the coach said. "We will have to wait and see how he does."

Early in training camp in Richmond, Galette looked like a force. His speed off the edge was apparent, and he showed repeatedly an ability to stop the run as well.

The Redskins need to see that this fall. And Gruden is the only one to decide if he needs to see that in August.

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