WASHINGTON — After 13 months on the team, the Washington Redskins have nothing to show for their minimal investment in outside linebacker Junior Galette. But that doesn’t mean they never will.
Late Friday night, Galette sent out a cryptic tweet suggesting that he had met with any number of coaches or front office personnel and that they had shown some sort of commitment to him past this season:
After being unexpectedly released by the Saints just one season into a big-money contract, Galette signed a one-year, prove-it contract with the Redskins on July 31, 2015. He impressed early in training camp, but was lost for the season after tearing his left Achilles’ tendon.
After rehabbing his way back, Galette re-signed with the Redskins on another one-year, incentive-laden contract. But shortly before the start of training camp, he tore his right Achilles’ tendon and will miss the 2016 season.
If there is any silver lining, it’s that he has already been the rehab process and feels confident he can come back better than ever.
“My Achilles’, literally my Achilles’ heel is my weak point of the body type that God made me,” Galette told the media. “Let’s get them repaired, now they’re both repaired. I’ll come back stronger and better than ever because I know exactly what it takes to come back.”
Galette even had a bizarre sense of inevitability about the injury, which could explain his premonition on returning.
“The type of athlete I am and the explosion I have, the muscle fiber in my right Achilles’ was not strong enough to hold up all the training I’ve been doing,” he explained. “It was something that would have happened whether I was doing drills, it didn’t matter, it was going to happen.”
Will he come back stronger than ever? Will it be for the burgundy and gold? The Redskins have lost almost nothing the first two times they rolled the dice. Perhaps the third time will be the charm.