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Junior Galette | Linebacker

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 258
College: Stillman
Contract: view contract details

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Redskins signed OLB Junior Galette, formerly of the Saints, to a one-year, $745,000 contract.
Galette, 27, has been one of the league's top edge rushers the past two seasons, registering 22 sacks and a whopping 126 combined sacks, hits and hurries. The problem is he's a trainwreck off the field, having been accused of domestic violence in January before a video surfaced last month of him assaulting a man and woman in 2013. If he can avoid his knucklehead tendencies, Galette and OLB Ryan Kerrigan can be one of the top edge-rushing duos in the league. The Redskins' defense has sneaky streamer potential in 2015. Jul 31 - 12:10 PM

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ESPN's John Keim reports six other teams besides the Redskins have reached out to free agent OLB Junior Galette.

Galette visited the Redskins on Thursday. Per the Washington Post's Mike Jones, Galette would "prefer to sign with Washington." Teams clearly aren't all that bothered by Galette's off-field issues since he's still effective on it. Galette would be a huge addition for Washington opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
Jul 30 - 6:54 PM

The Redskins will host OLB Junior Galette for a free agent visit on Thursday.

Released by the Saints late last week, Galette has a checkered off-field history and has seemingly gone off the deep end recently, if his social media actions are to be taken seriously. Still, he is a 27-year-old coming off a ten-sack season and offers big-time on-field value. In Washington, Galette would provide an explosive bookend to Ryan Kerrigan. At the moment, run-stopper Trent Murphy and second-round pick Preston Smith are competing for that role.
Jul 29 - 11:58 PM

According to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, Junior Galette's "brash" personality was one of the "chemistry issues that plagued" the Saints in 2014.

Per Triplett, Galette was "involved in a pregame fight" with ex-teammate Brandon Deaderick last season, and took his captaincy "more as a status than being an actual leader." Galette has since faced multiple allegations of violence against women. Galette went undrafted in 2010 due in large part to character concerns.
Jul 25 - 10:49 AM

Saints released OLB/DE Junior Galette.

Following a series of disturbing off-field incidents, coach Sean Payton wanted to release Galette immediately after last season. The Saints clung to Galette as their 2014 sack leader (10.0), but got fed up with him again recently. Even before Galette suffered a severe pectoral injury at minicamp, Anthony Spencer was running ahead of him on the practice field. Galette is currently rehabbing the injury and is questionable for Week 1. The Saints will move forward with Spencer, Parys Haralson, rookies Hau'oli Kikaha and Davis Tull, and sophomore Ronald Powell as their outside linebackers in Rob Ryan's 3-4.
Jul 24 - 2:20 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes the team could opt to release embattled OLB Junior Galette.

The Saints were tired of Galette's act even before a video surfaced over the weekend that appeared to show him assaulting a woman, so it's not a surprise. Cutting Galette now would create $12.1 million in dead money for 2016, but the Saints may feel it's worth it as Galette continues to find trouble off the field. It would be a major blow for Rob Ryan's defense, as Galette has tallied 22 sacks over the past two seasons. He's currently rehabbing a partial pectoral tear.
Jun 22 - 2:45 PM

The NFL is looking into a 2013 video that shows an assault allegedly committed by Saints OLB Junior Galette.

The video shows a man accused of being Galette throwing punches and swinging a belt during a South Beach brawl. He can be seen hitting at least one man and a woman during the incident. Galette was recently acquitted of domestic violence charges stemming from a January arrest.
Jun 20 - 4:02 PM

Doctors have determined that Saints OLB Junior Galette's pectoral injury can heal through "rest and rehab."

The Saints caught a huge break here. Had Galette required surgery, he might have missed all of 2015. Instead, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Galette "may actually be ready for the season." Galette was New Orleans' 2014 sack leader, piling up ten with three forced fumbles. It does sound like Galette will miss a large chunk of training camp, and may not play this preseason.
Jun 16 - 12:17 AM

Doctors who have examined Saints OLB Junior Galette's injured pectoral are reportedly "split" on whether Galette needs surgery.

RapSheet reports it'll likely be "a week or so" before a determination is made because the final doctor who needs to examine Galette is currently on vacation. It sounds like Galette is dealing with at least a partial tear of his pectoral. If Galette needs surgery, he'll miss a huge chunk of the 2015 season.
Jun 5 - 1:33 PM

Saints RE Junior Galette is dealing with a pectoral injury, and could require surgery.

Galette suffered the injury "recently." If he undergoes surgery for a torn pec, he'd be sidelined in the neighborhood of 5-6 months. That means he would likely begin the year on the reserve/PUP list, missing a minimum of six games, and potentially many more. Galette's 10 sacks led the Saints last season.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 4 - 6:55 PM

New Saints OLB Anthony Spencer was running ahead of Junior Galette in Thursday's OTAs session.

It's notable, but little more than a message to Galette. Coach Sean Payton reportedly wanted to cut Galette after he was charged with domestic violence in January. The charges have since been dropped. Galette, who is coming off a 10-sack season, is a far superior player to Spencer at this stage of their careers.
May 28 - 1:22 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Larry Holder "wouldn't be stunned" if a Saints veteran like RE Junior Galette is moved in a draft-day trade.

Coach Sean Payton reportedly wanted to cut Galette after he was accused of domestic violence, but the charges were dropped in February. After restructuring his contract in March, it would cost New Orleans $10.75 million against the 2015 salary cap to trade Galette. That is simply not possible under the Saints' current cap constraints. They also need to be stockpiling pass rushers, not parting with them. Galette is coming off a ten-sack year.
Apr 25 - 1:46 PM

The Saints have reworked RE Junior Galette's contract, converting his $12.5 million roster bonus into a "signing" bonus.

Saints GM Mickey Loomis continues to kick the can down the road. Coach Sean Payton was reportedly in favor of cutting Galette after he was arrested for domestic battery in January, but the charges were dropped last month. Galette, 27, has 22 sacks and four forced fumbles over the past two seasons. The rest of the Saints' defense is bad enough that they couldn't afford to let him go.
Mar 9 - 5:59 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports coach Sean Payton has "expressed a desire" to release RE Junior Galette.

The Saints just signed Galette to a four-year, $41.5 million extension in September. He went on to post 10 sacks and three forced fumbles after a 12-sack campaign in 2013. But Galette, 27 next month, got into some hot water with the law after the season, as he was arrested for domestic violence and simple battery before later being accused of sexual assault. Galette is due a fully-guaranteed $12.5 million roster bonus next month that the Saints will have to pay. They'd gain nothing by releasing him. Expect Galette back in NOLA this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 2:52 PM

Domestic-violence charges against Saints RE Junior Galette have been dropped.

"This happened after the four witnesses in the case were interviewed and after further investigation," Galette's attorney said. "The case will not be prosecuted." This would suggest the civil suit against Galette is without merit, but at least for the time being, the accuser still plans to go forward with it. We'd say Galette is now unlikely to face NFL discipline, but it's unclear how the league might proceed in the wake of last year's scandals.
Feb 19 - 6:46 PM