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Junior Galette | Linebacker

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 258
College: Stillman
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Saints signed OLB Junior Galette to a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension through 2019.
Galette was already signed cheaply through 2015, so his new deal locks him up for the next six seasons. The new six-year, $45.3 million deal contains $23 million guaranteed. Galette is coming off a breakout season that saw him register 12 sacks. Along with LE Cameron Jordan and RE Akiem Hicks, the Saints have a nice trio of pass rushers. Jordan and Hicks also play stout run defense. Sep 3 - 3:47 PM

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Junior Galette's player rep denies that he's reached a multi-year extension with the Saints.

"We have not agreed to a deal with the Saints for Junior Galette," his rep said on Twitter, adding multiple exclamation points for emphasis. Although Galette's agent should obviously be taken at his word, it doesn't mean a deal isn't close. One will likely be finalized before the end of the week.
Sep 2 - 1:37 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reports the Saints have signed OLB Junior Galette to a multi-year extension.

Galette inked a three-year, $6.3 million deal before last season before breaking out for 12 sacks under DC Rob Ryan. The 26-year-old former UDFA out of tiny Stillman has 21.5 sacks across the past three seasons and has formed a menacing pass-rush duo along with LE Cameron Jordan. Galette doesn't produce many tackles. He isn't a strong IDP player outside of sack-heavy formats.
Sep 2 - 11:37 AM

The Saints are considering scaling back OLB Junior Galette's snaps this season.

It's not a punishment for Galette, who broke out with 12 sacks and graded out as PFF's No. 13 3-4 OLB last season. It stems from a desire to keep a player who doesn't have the greatest stamina fresher. IDP owners in sack-heavy formats shouldn't be concerned.
Jun 11 - 9:51 AM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints believe OLB Junior Galette "has the potential to be their best pass rusher."

Galette has been a full-time starter with Victor Butler (ACL surgery, active/PUP) likely out for the season and has major breakout potential as he transitions to stand-up edge rusher in Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense. "Junior's really come into his own," Ryan said. "Obviously I came in a perfect situation, to come in when this young man's just finally hitting his stride. I think this guy's gonna be excellent."
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 10:00:00 PM

Saints OLB Junior Galette practiced on both the weak and strong sides during spring practices.

Galette was originally expected to compete with converted DE Will Smith for the "Jack" linebacker spot, but Victor Butler's season-ending knee injury changed that. He now has a good shot to slide in on the strong side as well. Either way, the Saints are desperate to find some pass rush anywhere, and that's Galette's specialty. He has 9.5 sacks in just 729 snaps over the last two seasons.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:47:00 AM

Junior Galette is expected to be the Saints' starting weak-outside linebacker in Rob Ryan's new 3-4 defense.

Manned by DeMarcus Ware in Dallas and Aldon Smith in San Francisco, the weak side is the primary pass-rushing position in a 3-4 scheme. Galette should have little trouble holding off converted DE Will Smith to start. Galette has 9.5 sacks across the past two seasons, but could flirt with double digits in 2013.
Fri, May 17, 2013 02:57:00 PM

Saints re-signed OLB Junior Galette to a three-year contract.

Galette is viewed internally as a likely starter at rush 'backer in new coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4. 25 years old and built to rush from a two-point stance at 6-foot-2, 258, Galette posted a career-high five sacks in 2012, operating mostly as a nickel end. He now has a chance to be an every-down player. The Saints' other OLB position will be up for grabs, with Martez Wilson as the leading in-house candidate. Victor Butler would be an intriguing free-agent pickup.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Saints designated OLB Junior Galette and C Brian De La Puente for the second-round tender.

Other teams can make offers on either player, but the Saints would have the right of first refusal and would receive a second-round pick if either player were to leave. De La Puente graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 center last season, and Galette figures to be an edge rusher in the Saints' new 3-4 scheme. The tenders leave the Saints about $6 million over the cap. That means more moves have to come before Tuesday and veterans Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and Roman Harper are candidates for restructure or release.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 11:06:00 AM

Saints DE/OLB Junior Galette says he is "very excited" about the team's switch to a 3-4 defense under Rob Ryan.

"Any transition (to outside linebacker) I would have to make would be smooth," Galette said. "God blessed me with the ability to move around, and I would be blessed to make that transition." Galette managed five sacks on just 26 percent of the snaps last season. He's viewed as one of the cornerstones to build on.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 03:42:00 PM

Saints DE Junior Galette exited Monday night's game against the Eagles with an ankle injury and will not return.

Galette was injured in the first quarter, and X-rays taken in the locker room were negative. He has registered four sacks as part of the rotation behind Will Smith and Cameron Jordan this season.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 10:07:00 PM

Junior Galette is expected to open the season as the Saints' starting right end, during Will Smith's four-game suspension.

With Smith sidelined, Galette is New Orleans' only legit edge rusher. Galette quietly racked up 4.5 sacks in an extremely limited role last year, and put some heat on Blaine Gabbert in Friday's preseason game. ESPN's Pat Yasinskas expects Galette to be a "regular" in the rotation even when Smith returns.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Aug 19, 2012 01:49:00 PM

Rookie DE Junior Galette has reportedly "turned heads" in training camp with his speed and ability to disrupt.

Galette went undrafted out of Stillman due to off-field issues, but he's not short on NFL-caliber talent. The explosive former Temple transfer could push sluggish incumbent Bobby McCray for the Saints' nickel rusher role.
Fri, Aug 6, 2010 04:22:00 PM

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