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Junior Galette | Defensive Lineman

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 258
College: Stillman
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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

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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

Saints RE Junior Galette and other unnamed teammates have been accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit.

The unnamed plaintiff is seeking a jury trial and "unspecified monetary damages." Galette is already facing domestic-violence charges in the same case. His initial court date is February 26. A suspension is looming.
Feb 19 - 2:27 PM

Saints RE Junior Galette's initial court date is set for February 26.

Galette was arrested on domestic violence and simple battery charges earlier this month. The woman accuses Galette and his cousin of "jumping" her at Galette's place in Kenner, Louisiana. Galette could be facing a six-game suspension.
Jan 30 - 9:33 AM

Saints OLB Junior Galette was arrested on domestic violence and simple battery charges Monday.

According to police, Galette is accused of pushing a woman. He says she was a dancer that was supposed to leave Sunday night. She says she is an ex-girlfriend and personal assistant of Galette's. Either way, the woman had visible injuries as her earring was ripped out and she was bleeding. She is accusing Galette and his cousin (who was also arrested) of "jumping her."
Jan 5 - 12:37 PM

Saints OLB Junior Galette was arrested Monday.

The exact charges are not available yet. Galette, who signed a $41.5M contract extension four months ago, posted 45 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles while playing all 16 games this season.
Jan 5 - 11:24 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 03:47:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 01:37:00 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.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:37:00 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.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 09:51:00 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