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Scot McCloughan: We’re “very comfortable” with Junior Galette

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, left, talks with newly signed teammate Junior Galette, right, during the teams NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)


Linebacker Junior Galette didn’t have to wait long to land a new job after being released by the Saints, which came as something of a surprise since his off-field behavior was a big part of his departure from New Orleans and could lead to league discipline that makes Galette unavailable for a portion of the 2015 season.

Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan said the team was “willing to take that chance” after a two-hour conversation with Galette and said that the team interviewed more than 20 people about Galette before deciding to add him to the roster.

"[He’s] not a bad guy. All players have issues,” McCloughan said, via “We all have some kind of issues. We’ve all made mistakes. I don’t repeat offenders. I don’t want the guy that I know is not going to be a good guy to bring into our locker room. What you always read in the media and hear in the media is not always accurate. We did our investigation. We were thorough, thorough, thorough. [We talked] to the league office, other players and coaches in the league. This guy we feel very comfortable with going forward. Very comfortable.”

McCloughan said he asked Galette about the video that appears to show him hitting a woman and that he’s fine after getting “the real story” from Galette. That conversation helped convince McCloughan that Galette isn’t the kind of bad guy that he promised not to bring into the organization, although Galette’s 22 sacks over the last two seasons probably didn’t hurt too much either.