Galette leaves Saints with plenty of cash, Saints brace for cap hit

AP

Former Saints linebacker Junior Galette claims that cutting him was the biggest mistake the team ever made. Signing him to a new contract last year may have been a bigger mistake. And renegotiating the deal in March may have compounded it.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the Saints gave Galette $3.5 million to sign last September, along with a $750,000 salary for 2014.

Then came the time to make a decision, in March. With a $12.5 million roster bonus due on the third day of the league year and a looming cap number of $15.45 million, the Saints converted the payment to a signing bonus instead of cutting or trading Galette. He also has a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.25 million for 2015.

At the time, he’d been arrested for battery in January, but the charges had been dropped in late February. Since then, however, a disturbing video has emerged of Galette in a 2013 beach brawl. The images include Galette hitting a woman in the face with a belt.

The Saints have committed a total of $18 million to Galette since September. With Galette not suspended and with Galette not retiring, it will be difficult if not impossible to recoup any of the money. The only hope would be to gain credit for the 2015 base salary if Galette signs with someone else.

As it currently stands, the Saints will carry a cap charge of $5.45 million for Galette in 2015. Next year, a total of $12.1 million in dead money hits the cap in 2016.

Those figures say plenty about had quickly the team’s position on Galette changed. It also shows that the Saints likely never will regret cutting him as much as they regret paying him. Twice.

18 responses to “Galette leaves Saints with plenty of cash, Saints brace for cap hit

  1. Pathetic. The Saints could have kept Graham with the cap hit they are going to take for cutting Galette.

  2. I hope he doesn’t get suspended. It would be ridiculous for Goodell to have the power to suspend or punish people for stuff they did two years ago. There needs to be a statute of limitations of his power. If what he did was a crime, then let him go to jail. But Goodell shouldn’t overreact like the other cases. I hope he joins another team and dominates. i hate the aints.

  3. I am hoping Dallas signs this dude. Wouldn’t mind seeing a nickel nascar type package with Gregory, Lawrence Hardy and Galette rushing the QB on third and long situations

  4. The more Junior says the more he justifies his release by the SAINTS.

    Too bad he can’t learn some humility – he doesn’t know it all. The bad karma he creates is going to bite him on the butt.

    What a waste of talent but it’s time to move on from this major distraction. SAINTS gave him more than enough time to get his act together.

  5. The roster bonus was actually guaranteed, so they didn’t have the option just to cut him, thoughI do believe they shopped him. They converted the bonus to spread the cap hit. The true shame was that he was under contract through the 2015 season when he got the extension last year — why give him a huge contract extension when he’s still got two years to get to free agency? And how much he must have shown his a$$ after he got paid for the Saints to sour so completely on him that they’re willing to eat $12M in dead money next year to get rid of him now.

  6. “Pathetic. The Saints could have kept Graham with the cap hit they are going to take for cutting Galette.”

    I suspect Graham’s attitude was a problem behind the scenes last year, just like Galette. I don’t think their departures have as much to do with on-field performance as they do off-field attitude and behavior. Frankly, good riddance to both.

  7. So rice punches his wife and his career is basically over. This guy beats a woman with an object…. Where’s the equality in punishment.

  8. billsfan1 says:
    Jul 25, 2015 9:33 AM

    So rice punches his wife and his career is basically over. This guy beats a woman with an object…. Where’s the equality in punishment.

    …………………

    Just wait, he will get suspended also. You just just go around beating women with a belt and get away with it.

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