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Redskins Lose Junior Gallete For Second Consecutive Season

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Junior Galette has tore his Achilles for the second year in a row. Nearly a 12 months ago, he tore his left Achilles in training camp. He tore his right one earlier this week. This is disheartening news for Galette and the Skins. He re-signed to Washington this off-season with a one-year, four million dollar deal.

The organization hoped Galette and teammate Ryan Kerrigan, would form one of the more fearsome pass-rush combos in the NFL. However, Junior Galette has yet to play a game for the Washington Redskins.

Galette was cut by the New Orleans Saints, last July. Months after receiving a $41.5 million dollar from the team. He faced domestic abuse allegations for the most part of the 2015 offseason, and was described as a “cancer” to the team prior to his release.

Defensive coordinator Joe Barry is probably one of the more disappointed coaches in all of football right now. Last season, the Skins racked up 38 sacks. Galette figured to be good for at least ten himself. Thus giving the Redskins three players capable of double-digit sacks. With Kerrigan and Preston Smith being the other two.

Smith will be called upon early, and often to replace Junior Galette. The second year pro led all rookies last season, with eight sacks. Three of which, came at the expense of 6x All-Pro Jason Peters, in week 16. He also registered a safety in Washington’s playoff loss against Green Bay in January. Preston Smith came on strong late in the season, and was a key cog defensively for the Redskins. By season’s end, his play could potentially make Junior Galette expendable.

Ryan Kerrigan has been the Redskins’ most consistent pass rushing threat upon his arrival out of Purdue in 2011. Defensive ends, Chris Baker and Stephen Paea, will also be counted on more than ever to generate a pass rush for the Skins as well. Chris Baker is the Redskins’ most underrated player, and posted solid numbers last year with 53 tackles and six sacks. He’s in a contract year, so you know he’ll be motivated.

Stephen Paea was signed last offseason from Chicago, but has yet to make an impact for the Redskins. His season was marred with inconsistent play, and injuries. He was placed on IR in early December. Now that he’s fully healthy, and accustomed to Barry’s scheme, 4-6 sacks should be a reasonable goal for Paea.

The Redskins have also discussed internally signing Greg Hardy. The former Dallas Cowboy and Carolina Panther. Hardy is a talented pass rusher, but the off the field issues have been well documented. The Redskins and General Manager Scot McCloughan will be sure to evaluate every option available.