Saints release Junior Galette

AP

The Saints have made a big change to their defense just before the start of training camp.

According to multiple reports, the Saints have released linebacker Junior Galette. Galette signed a six-year deal with the team last September that has already paid him more than $17 million, but he’s gone after turning in 10 sacks in 16 games for the team last season.

This probably isn’t about Galette’s ability to produce on the field, however. Galette was arrested this offseason on domestic violence charges, which were later dropped, and then a video surfaced that appeared to show Galette hitting a woman twice. He said last month that he was scheduled to talk to the NFL about off-field troubles, but the league wouldn’t confirm whether a meeting took place or say if Galette will be disciplined earlier this week.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that meeting has taken place and that the Saints have been frustrated with Galette for some time, something that Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting as well. Galette also has a pectoral injury that limited his offseason participation, although the hope was that he’d be back to work in camp.

That’s not going to happen and the Saints are going to have to look elsewhere for pass rushing help this season. Anthony Spencer, Parys Haralson, 2015 second-round pick Hau’oli Kikaha and 2014 fifth-rounder Ronald Powell are the outside linebackers they now have on hand.

57 responses to “Saints release Junior Galette

  1. Junior Galette is a waste of good life. But keep complaining about white privilege then fixing the problems that cause these men to grow up with no respect for anybody or anything and not stand of anything thing but what they feel like doing.

  2. Bravo Saints. The National Media didn’t quite put the heat on this situation like other teams have dealt with their own player situations and you still choose to act correctly. This is why saints are a great organization.

  3. thats funny, i was just thinking about this the other day wondering if they were just trying to sweep it under the rug.

    haven’t heard anything about it for the past week or two.

    I guess we’re all too busy worrying about deflated ball stories that have now lasted longer than an entire NFL season lasts.

  4. Religion, don’t think you can just slip the Bills in there with those top teams and think nobody noticed. When was the last time the Bills even made the playoffs? Lol the Bills definitely don’t belong in the same sentence as those other teams you named. LOL

  5. Right move by my Saints…it does suck though as he was our best pass rusher. Coach Payton’s gotta plan.

  6. Given the heinous crimes surrounding Deflategate and the horrors inflicted on the game by the supposed manipulation of footballs, it is not surprising that there has been little coverage of this.

    After all, hitting a woman is nothing compared to the chance to go after Tom Brady
    (SARCASM!)

  7. The Saints must have a plan to avoid the dead money hit. Otherwise, Galette costs them $17.4 million against the cap instead of $5.4 million, and they only have $3 million room left.

  8. The NFL needs to stop employing people with legal trouble, even traffic tickets. Since the lot of us can’t be completely moral ourselves, we need private businesses to over-compensate for us and let us sleep better at night. #deflect

  9. gabrosin – problem is when the CBA was negotiated in 2011, social media was just starting to go mainstream. Smart phones were just getting popular. You didnt have these troubles, because ppl weren’t getting recorded everywhere they went aside from the gov. Now they are being taped left and right and posted in a second. so everything comes to light much faster

  10. No way, dont do it saints. Re-sign this man now. Juneyah is the best player on our defense not named Keenan Lewis.
    haiti boy And he loves New Orleans, loves a king cake, his name even means cake.

  11. Russell Wilson made Junior look silly both times they played in 2013.

    I never understood why they gave Junior such a contract last year when he’s shown that he’s nothing more than a one-dimensional, me-first kind of player.

    Disappointing.

  12. Human filth like this has Bill, Raven or Cowboy written all over him as he’d just blend in with all the other miscreants on their legally challenged rosters.

  13. Junior is an awesome pash rusher, but he’s out there. Perfect example for why GMs are hesitant to give big money deals to players with character concerns.

    Wasn’t reported in news, but anyone local could tell you he was a major locker room cancer.

    Didn’t help he made a video cussing Sean Payton. Clean it up Junior. Bravo Mickey & Sean. Gutsy move.

  14. If the team got a tip that a large suspension is in the works. And then cut him to head it off. Is this allowable?

  15. Roger Goodell + NFL office = FIFA totally corrupt. Beating a woman or kid, is encouraged by the NFL Office. Only after the fans or media show a reaction, does Roger do anything. Fire Goodell

  16. I guess Sean Payton told Junior what Junior told him in that infamous pool video Junior made with his “friends” after the Saints announced his pectoral injury. I was wondering when Payton would address Junior’s little rant. Add to that all the other bad behavior Junior has exhibited, and no one can say he didn’t ask for it.

  17. I almost feel like the video smacks were justified. You don’t wanna get hit, then don’t keep bull rushing a 250lb dude you don’t know

  18. Just a short time ago,video of him supposedly beating people with a belt on a beach surfaces. Saints fans were all saying it wasn’t him because the guy in the video was too short. Now all we here is good riddance, nice job by the Saints blah blah blah. Please, if they did this the moment they got wind of it, that would be a good job. They just ran out of excuses today.

  19. This clears up his weekend for belt shopping, and defending his title in South Beach.

  20. gabrosin says:
    Jul 24, 2015 2:36 PM
    The league needs to add some sort of cap relief provision to the CBA for situations like this.
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    The onus is on the team to sign NON turds. It’s fine the way it is.

  21. Give a guy some money and they will show you their true character, most of these guys feel that they can do anything impervious of the law. Anyway it is just a by-product of the enabled environment most grew up in.

  22. gabrosin says:
    Jul 24, 2015 2:36 PM
    The league needs to add some sort of cap relief provision to the CBA for situations like this.

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    After having a player on your team for 5 years, you should probably be able to figure out what kind of character he has before singing him to a massive contract…

  23. chad504boy says:
    Jul 24, 2015 2:39 PM

    Bravo Saints. The National Media didn’t quite put the heat on this situation like other teams have dealt with their own player situations and you still choose to act correctly. This is why saints are a great organization.
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    Jay Carney couldn’t have spun this take any better. How about:
    Bravo Saints. Despite the National Media attention this behavior has received in the NFL lately you managed to wait months before releasing him.
    This is more of an indictment of the selective outrage of media and the slow play of the Saints than it is anything else.
    Lots of teams would have received the benefits of endless negative stories about Galette until he was cut. The Saints luckily avoided some bad PR, that is all.

  24. The league needs to add some sort of cap relief provision to the CBA for situations like this.
    ___________________________________

    100% disagree. Don’t sign bums to 6 year contract extensions. If they blow up in your face then pay the piper. He’d been in that locker room for 5 years so I seriously doubt he suddenly became a terd after year 4.

  25. It’s not like the guy told a ball boy to make his footballs 11 psi instead of 12-14 psi.

  26. Junior Galette is a waste of good life. But keep complaining about white privilege then fixing the problems that cause these men to grow up with no respect for anybody or anything and not stand of anything thing but what they feel like doing.

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    What the heck are you talking about? NFL players (and other athletes) do stupid things because they spent a majority of their life never having to pay for the consequences of their actions. They glide through school, their pampered and treated like kings and then most of the stupid things they do are covered up or swept under the rug. This has nothing to do with race and everything to do with people glorifying athletes to the point that they think they’re gods.

  27. Make one mistake you’re an awful human being………..I bet so many commenters on here never got in any trouble before. (People love judging a keyboard away).

  28. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jul 24, 2015 2:37 PM
    He would love to represent the Packers, Bills, Seahawks or Steelers. The only teams with a shot at winning it all this season.
    ____________________________________
    I can’t wait to see all the heads exploding when LomBrady hoists #5 on Feb. 7th in his hometown.

    It will be glorious!

  29. You know the Cowboys are going after him, which I guess ok….but if anybody with a checkered past gets in trouble while with their team they should lose draft picks and be heavily fined…..for enabling them….

    There should be no such thing as a “low risk contract” when it comes to these types of people.

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