Redskins notebook: McCloughan talks Galette

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan spoke for the first time since the team signed controversial pass rusher Junior Galette

Headlines from the Washington Redskins' fourth day of training camp in Richmond:

* General manager Scot McCloughan spoke for the first time in camp -- and following the signing of outside linebacker Junior Galette. Various off-the-field and locker room concerns reportedly led to New Orleans releasing the troubled pass rusher despite future salary cap ramifications. McCloughan said he and others in the organization held a "thorough process" in evaluating Galette before signing him Friday for a one-year deal for the $750,000 veteran's minimum.

Galette and McCloughan spoke for two hours during an "intense" meeting.

“I told him, I want you to be you,” McCloughan said. “The reason I’m here [is] to sit down with you face-to-face, one-on-one, an hour, two hours, three hours. It doesn’t matter. I want to get to know you as a person. That’s what matters to me. I [said], ‘I know you as a football player, I want to know you as a person.’ He’s so sincere and so excited about the excited about the opportunity to prove that he’s a good guy, a good football player, that he has a good career ahead of him.”

McCloughan, who previously stated the desire to put together a team with high character players, put the responsibility for the Galette final decision on his shoulders.

“[He’s] not a bad guy," he said. "All players have issues. We all have some kind of issues. We’ve all made mistakes. I don’t repeat offenders. I don’t want the guy that I know is not going to be a good guy to bring into our locker room.”

“What you always read in the media and hear in the media is not always accurate. We did our investigation. We were thorough, thorough, thorough. [We talked] to the league office, other players and coaches in the league. This guy we feel very comfortable with going forward. Very comfortable.”

* DeSean Jackson is dealing with an injured finger while rookie Matt Jones suffered an injured right knee, the Redskins told reporters.

Head coach Jay Gruden announced other injuries during his daily afternoon press conference. "Tevin Mitchel has a shoulder [injury], he is going to undergo further evaluation. ...Willie Smith is going to take another day or two with his Achilles strain. And Jeron Johnson tweaked his hamstring but it looks like he is going to try to go today. We have a couple guys that we’re holding out of practice today just because it’s a rest day – guys that are coming off injuries, we don’t want to overwork them this early.”

* Our story on noted shoe collector Jeron Johnsonaiming to put his best foot forward in the strong safety battle.


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