Just days before training camp begins, Junior Galette again tore his Achilles and will be out for the year. Are there any edge rushers available on the gree agent market that the Redskins would consider?
One name stands out: Greg Hardy.
Though a disappointment on the field and a mess off of it for the last two seasons, few players in the NFL can get after quarterbacks like Hardy once did. In 2012 and 2013 Hardy combined for 26 sacks and a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Undoubtedly Hardy's name carries a lot of personal questions. A lot. But that won't scare off everybody in the NFL - in fact, Hardy recently worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The guess here is Washington does not even consider Hardy, but stranger things have happened.
Another name that will be mentioned is Dwight Freeney. At 36 years old, Freeney's best days are behind him, but the veteran was able to post eight sacks last year with the Cardinals. Arizona smartly deployed Freeney in a strict situational role, and if the 'Skins could come up with a similar plan, he might be a fit.
Beyond Freeney and Hardy, it's hard to see a current free agent that would be better than the Redskins options behind Galette. And given Hardy's history, it's unlikely he is an option.
Considering Washington won the NFC East last year without Galette, and second-year LB Preston Smith could continue to emerge after eight sacks his rookie season, it would not be a surprise if Scot McCloughan simply stands pat.
Junior Galette has suffered a torn Achilles tendon and he will miss the entire coming season.
No, you did not accidentally click on a post from last summer. After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles on one foot, Galette tore the other one doing some drills on Sunday, according to Rand Getlin.
That will knock him out for the 2016 season.
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The Redskins took a chance in signing him just after the start of training camp last year. The Saints had cut him loose, taking a big salary cap hit in the process, after some issues with domestic violence. After talking to Galette, GM Scot McCloughan decided to sign him to a one-year deal with no guaranteed money at the league’s minimum wage.
But before Galette could even play so much as a preseason game he suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in practice and was out for the year.
The Redskins re-signed him to an incentive-laden deal in the spring with the hopes that he could have a big year and justify getting a big-money deal in 2017.
Galette was on the verge of breaking out with the Saints, posting 12 sacks in 2013 and 10 in 2014. There were big expectations for him this year but we will have to wait until 2017, when he will turn 29, to see if he can make it back.
The Redskins still have some pass rushing firepower at outside linebacker with Ryan Kerrigan (9.5 sacks in 2015) and Preston Smith (8) but they say that you can’t have too many pass rushers and Galette was going to be an important cog.
The Redskins begin training camp in Richmond, Va. on Thursday, July 28.
Throughout the league, NFL teams have sold naming rights to their practice facilities.
Now the Redskins are joining that club through a partnership with Inova: Redskins Park, the team's practice facility in Ashburn, Va., will be renamed Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park, the team announced.
The partnership will go well beyond just naming rights, as the team and Inova will work together to promote health and wellness throughout the D.C. area including television (NBC4) and radio (Sportstalk 570/ESPN980) programming, as well as developing plans to improve health in the community, including breast cancer awareness and concussion testing.
The team's decision to sell naming rights to Redskins Park should come as no surprise.
The two closest geographic teams to Washington both have sold naming rights to their practice facilities: The Ravens practice at the Under Armour Performance Center and the Eagles practice at the NovaCare Complex. A host of teams have sponsors attached to their practice locales, including Pittsburgh, Houston and others.
"We are not only excited, we are honored to be working with Inova, a world class leader in healthcare," Redskins CMO/EVP Terry Bateman, Redskins said in a release. "This partnership will benefit the community and uphold our commitment to have the healthiest fans in the NFL."
Earlier this year, the Redskins announced that Dr. Robin West of Inova would take over as team physician. That move made West the first female team doctor in the NFL. Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that serves more than 2 million people throughout the D.C. area and beyond.
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