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Junior Galette | Linebacker

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

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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

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