Prior to a video surfacing of an alleged violent incident between Junior Galette and a woman at a Florida beach last June, he was considered one of the top young pass rushers in the entire NFL.
Within a month, the former New Orleans Saints defensive end was out of work and looking for a job.
This all came on the heels of the now 27-year-old Galette recording 22 combined sacks in the previous two seasons.
Having to sign a prove-it deal with the Washington Redskins last summer, Galette seemed primed to put all of this behind him.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out too well for either the player or the team. Galette suffered a torn Achilles during training camp and missed the entire season.
With a proven track record of success at one of the most-important positions in football, it stood to reason that he would be given another opportunity to prove himself on the field.
According to ESPN Washington Redskins insider John Keim, that’s exactly what’s going to happen:
Junior Galette has agreed to a one year deal with the Redskins. He will sign it tomorrow per source
— John Keim (@john_keim) March 16, 2016
In terms of what this could do for the Redskins, it’s a rather big deal. The defending NFC champions had one of the most-productive outside linebacker groups in the league last year with Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Trent Murphy combining for a total of 21 sacks.
Adding yet another top-end pass rusher can’t exactly hurt Washington’s prognosis for the 2016 campaign.
That’s four players right there with double-digit sack potential, something the Redskins might end up needing with what promises to be a below-average secondary.
It’s now all about Galette getting back to 100 percent on the field and showing that any potential issues off the field are behind him.