Junior Galette believes he has plenty to offer an NFL team seeking a quality pass-rusher.
This week, the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks kicked the tires on the free-agent defensive end. The Oakland Raiders did so last March.
‘I beat those guys, day and night, with limited reps’
Galette, who previously turned down an offer from the Rams because he opted to take care of his sick mother, is still searching. However, he’s confident there will be a taker in the league where passing is at a premium, that there’s a club out there that will recognize he has fully recovered from the torn Achilles that sidelined him for the 2015 and 2016 seasons as a member of the Washington Redskins.
“And I showed that I was effective after the torn Achilles injuries,” Galette told John Clayton and Pat Kirwan on Movin’ The Chains. “When you’re getting your quality reps, I went in, I got tape of me beating the best of the best. (Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle) Lane Johnson, I got a sack on him. (Saints tackle) Terron Armstead, I beat those guys, day and night, with limited reps.
‘I turned down a deal before because my mom had had stage three breast cancer’
“And I know that I’m more than capable of and the teams are more than capable of. I went to Los Angeles to meet Sean McVay and everybody was excited, they had been trying to get me all along. I turned down a deal before because my mom had stage three breast cancer, so I decided to stay with her at home and take her to treatment. That’s why I hadn’t signed.”
Another strike against Galette, who was with the Redskins the past two seasons after five years with the New Orleans Saints, was a two-week suspension in 2015 for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, resulting from a domestic violence incident.
‘The only thing I can do is just keep training and get better’
“I’m in complete control of my life and I’ve overcome every obstacle in my life, so I’m not worried about it,” he said. “The only thing I can do is just keep training and get better and try and be a better person off the field.”
In 16 games as a reserve last season, Galette was credited with 14 hits on the quarterback, three sacks and a forced fumble. He has something else to sell: versatility.
‘It’s a passing league, so you need your pass rushers’
“I played a 3-4, 4-3 my whole career,” Galette said. “There’s not really a difference. Everybody makes a big deal about the 3-3, 4-3. There’s not really the true 3-4 teams out there anymore, because on third down, you put four guys down on the line and they’re rushing the passer. It might be five-six. There’s no 3-4. And you know that 67 percent of the time, you’re passing the ball. It’s a passing league, so you need your pass rushers.”
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