The Redskins re-signed outside linebacker Junior Galette on Tuesday evening, giving the team’s pass rush a major—and much needed—boost.
Galette, who turns 28 later this month, inked a one-year deal worth up to $4.1 million, CSN has confirmed.
The move gives Washington the dynamic pass rusher it so desperately needed to line up opposite Ryan Kerrigan. Led by Kerrigan’s team-high 9.5 sacks last season, the Redskins’ pass rush finished tied for 14th with 38 sacks. Galette totaled 12 and 10 sacks for the Saints in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
The Redskins signed Galette last July after he was released by the Saints, but the sixth-year pro suffered ruptured Achilles’ tendon in late August and was lost for the season.
Galette said in January that he expects to be 100-percent by the start of the offseason program in April, and last month General Manager Scot McCloughan acknowledged that Galette's recovery was ahead of schedule.
The Redskins had been seeking to sign Galette to a multi-year contract. Galette, however, wanted to sign a one-year deal so he can cash in next offseason if, of course, he has a big 2016. He became an unrestricted free agent on March 9—and it's believed other teams did express some interest—but the Redskins owned the right to match any offer. The new contract does not include the first right of refusal for 2017, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Coach Jay Gruden said at the Scouting Combine last month that he was confident the sides would ultimately strike a deal.
“He’s excited to get back on the field,” Gruden said. “I feel good about getting Junior Back. I really do. We didn’t have him very long on the field, unfortunately, but he showed enough on the field that he can be a force for us when he’s right.”
The Redskins’ corps of outside linebackers now includes Kerrigan, Galette, Preston Smith and Trent Murphy.