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.
Saints released/failed physical DT Brodrick Bunkley.
Bunkley tore his quad in late November, and is apparently still recovering. Bunkley was viewed as a candidate for release all offseason, but appeared to save his roster spot when he agreed to a pay cut in March. Bunkley is a helpful run stuffer when healthy, but turns 32 in November. He'll have to prove he's back to full health before getting a workout elsewhere.
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.
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.
Free agent Jermaine Gresham's visit to the Cardinals will take place on Tuesday.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders and Saints have also maintained interest in Gresham after flirting with him earlier this offseason. RapSheet notes that Gresham's physical with teams will be "important," as he is recovering from back surgery. Gresham turned 27 years old last month.
The Saints have been looking into signing free agent TE Jermaine Gresham for a "couple months."
Per coach Sean Payton, there's "nothing set yet." Saints brass has spent a ton of time talking up both Josh Hill and Benjamin Watson this offseason, but could use another body as they try to replace Jimmy Graham. Gresham's arrival would be bad news for 34-year-old "Y" tight end Watson.
The Saints visited with free agent TE Jermaine Gresham.
It's Gresham's first visit since undergoing March back surgery. The Saints could use a veteran presence after trading away Jimmy Graham. Gresham's signing would be a threat to "Y" tight end Ben Watson's snaps. The Saints have made it clear Josh Hill will play Graham's old "F" position in Sean Payton's offense.
In addition to the Cowboys, free agent WR Kris Durham recently worked out for the Saints.
The Saints went with Lance Lewis over Durham, who has been abysmal in past opportunities to play extensively. He was arguably the worst wideout in the entire NFL in 2013, when Durham served as the Lions' No. 3 receiver.
Saints waived WR Andy Tanner.
An annual preseason favorite in New Orleans, Tanner never did make it into an actual game. He'd been hanging around since going undrafted in 2010.
Saints released K Shayne Graham.
It's a surprise after the 37-year-old Graham converted 19-of-22 field goals last season, and re-signed for $970,000 in February. The Saints are now left with just Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker at kicker. Hocker was a seventh-round pick of the Redskins last season, while Hopkins was picked by the Bills in 2013. Hopkins has the stronger pedigree, but a groin injury derailed his Bills career. He'll be the favorite to replace Graham.
Free agent DE Da'Quan Bowers and TE Chase Coffman tried out at Saints rookie minicamp this past week.
Former 49ers and Bears WR Josh Morgan was also in the house. The 51st pick in the 2011 draft, 25-year-old Bowers is trying to get back in the league after flopping in four seasons with the Bucs. The Saints have not signed him.
Free agent DT Kevin Williams is visiting the Saints.
Apparently the 34-year-old Williams won't be retiring. The five-time first-team All Pro spent last year with the Seahawks, filling in reasonably as a starter during Brandon Mebane's eight missed games. In New Orleans, Williams would be quality depth for a team suddenly focused on defense.
Saints waived S Marcus Ball and LB Kyle Knox.
Both players were fringe contributors in 2014, with Ball making two starts. Ball turns 28 in July, while Knox recently turned 26. Ball is an ex-CFLer who could head back north of the border.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Saints see Baylor QB Bryce Petty as the best pure passer in the draft.
Bob McGinn of the Journal-Sentinel is one of the most plugged-in prospect/draft reporters around. He's mocked Petty to the Saints at No. 31 overall, the pick they acquired in the Jimmy Graham trade. If that happens, New Orleans would embark on an Aaron Rodgers/Brett Favre project as Drew Brees is 36 years old.
Saints coach Sean Payton reportedly "gushed" over Miami WR Phillip Dorsett.
After moving on from Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason, the Saints are in the market for pass-catchers. Beat writer Mike Triplett calls wide receiver "the position most likely to be addressed at some point in the first three rounds." Dorsett is a bit similar physically to Brandin Cooks at just 5'9/185, but may be available on Day 2. He clocked sub-4.3 forties at his Pro Day and has drawn some DeSean Jackson comps.
NFL draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Saints "will consider trading up" if they "feel they are in striking distance" of Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley.
Per Pauline, Saints DC Rob Ryan "loves Beasley's pass rushing ability and potential in a 3-4 (defense)." New Orleans didn't run as many 3-4 looks as hoped last year, in large part due to a shortage of outside pass rushers. Beasley is the most explosive speed rusher in this year's draft. With two first-rounders and five selections in the top 80, the Saints have ample trade-up ammo.
Free agent Greg Jennings left his Saints visit without a contract.
It'll be his last visit, according to the New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill. In addition to the Saints, the Ravens, Panthers, and Jaguars remain interested in Jennings. He also visited the Dolphins after his release from the Vikings. Jennings isn't going to get more than about $3 million on a one-year contract.
Coach Sean Payton said it's important for the Saints to draft some defenders who can play "right away."
Saints ace beat writer Larry Holder released a mock draft Thursday that has New Orleans selecting Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree and UCLA ILB Eric Kendricks with the Nos. 13 and 31 picks in two weeks. Dupree's stock has steadily been on the rise, and he has a chance to be a top-10 pick. Kendricks is the brother of Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks. Eric is viewed as the top inside linebacker prospect in what appears to be a weak draft class at the position.
Free agent DL Corey Wootton left his visit with the Saints without a contract.
Wootton has struggled to attract interest after playing a limited role in Mike Zimmer’s defense last season. He also left visits from Tennessee and Jacksonville without a deal. 27-year-old Wootton offers versatility at multiple spots, but will likely have to settle for the veteran minimum.
Free agent DE Corey Wootton is visiting the Saints on Wednesday.
Wootton played 275 snaps for coach Mike Zimmer's Vikings last season on a one-year, $1.5 million deal. He'll come much cheaper after a miserable year.