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Free Agents the Colts Should Consider: Junior Galette

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Would Junior Galette inject some life into the Colts’ pass rush?

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Outside of Jabaal Sheard, the Colts don’t have an established pass rusher on their roster.

Indianapolis is hoping for a breakout year from Tarell Basham and they have a couple of promising rookie defensive ends, but there’s no guarantee that any of them develop into solid starters next season.

If the Colts want to win next year, they should take a one-year flier on Junior Galette.

The 30-year-old edge rusher missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Achilles injuries, but he came back strong in 2017 with three sacks and a good amount of pressure for Washington.

Before injuries slowed down his career, Galette was coming off of back-to-back double-digit sack seasons with the Saints in 2013 and 2014. With one healthy season under his belt, Galette should be even better in 2018 than he was in 2017.

It makes sense that Galette is still available in the middle of July.

Not many players can come back from multiple Achilles injuries, especially at 30 years old. However, he proved that he can still be an effective player last season and he should have more confidence in his body moving forward.

The Colts wouldn’t necessarily need to make him a starter.

They would likely be able to sign him to a cheap one-year contract and bring him in as a situational pass rusher. That would still allow the Colts’ young defensive ends to get plenty of game reps, but Galette would always be available for crucial pass rushing situations.

Indianapolis should be looking to continue adding talent this offseason, and Galette would be a solid addition to this roster.