The Washington Redskins are moving on from edge rusher Junior Galette. Senior VP of personnel Doug Williams confirmed earlier reports the Redskins were moving in another direction from Galette.
“I did tell him we were going in another direction, and he was very thankful,” Williams told Liz Clarke of the Washington Post. “He had two Achilles’ injuries, and we stuck by him. We gave him a chance, and he’s very appreciative of it. He told me, ‘Thank you. If it wasn’t for you, I don’t know whether I’d still be here,’ so it was a good conversation.”
A report surfaced last week that Washington had withdrawn their offer to Galette, who spent the past three seasons with the team.
The Redskins signed Galette to a one-year deal in 2015 following his release from the New Orleans Saints after a multiple off-the-field incidents. However, he suffered a torn left Achilles during training camp ending his season. Washington re-signed him to a one-year deal in 2016. He then tore his right Achilles during a workout prior to training camp. Washington still signed him to a third one-year deal for the 2017 season.
In 2017, Galette appeared in all 16 games, recording three sacks and a forced fumble. He was rated No. 31 among edge rushers in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.
Galette will now look for a new home in hopes of returning to his Pro Bowl form from his days in New Orleans. A form that never materialized with the Redskins.
The Redskins are moving on and a report suggests that they have turned their attention to free agent edge rusher Pernell McPhee.