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Saints, Junior Galette agree to terms on 3-year deal

3/11/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe New Orleans Saints retained reserve defensive end Junior Galette for the 2013 season by re-signing him onto a three-year deal. Junior Galette was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week but the New Orleans Saints saved him that trip with this recent move.
 
: "'Impossible is Possible' I said this 3 Yrs Ago When I Was (hash)UNDRAFTED And 4 Yrs Ago When I Was Thrown Out of (hash)TEMPLE,” Junior Galette wrote on twitter soon after terms of the new deal were worked out.
 
The new deal could be more cap-friendly for the New Orleans Saints, compared to the second-round restricted free agent tender (estimated at $2.023 million) they had previously placed on Junior Galette. The New Orleans Saints are $6 million over the 2013 salary cap and they’d still have to make a couple of more moves to get under the limit by the start of the league year on Tuesday. 
 
The 6-foot-2, 258-pound Junior Galette was initially signed as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman College by the New Orleans Saints in 2010. Junior Galette played 32 games with 2 starts for the New Orleans Saints, while recording 43 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his three-year NFL career. He appeared in all 16 games last season (including one start at left defensive end) to finish with 22 tackles and a career-high five sacks.
 
However, with the New Orleans Saints shifting to the 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, Junior Galette could be moving to outside linebacker on the defense.  Junior Galette was intrigued by the prospects of his new role, while discussing them last month.
 
“Any transition I would have to make would be smooth. God blessed me with the ability to move around, and I would be blessed to make that transition,” Junior Galette said. “I don't want to end up playing 26 percent of the snaps like I did last year.”
 
“The ultimate goal they're going to have for me is to get to the quarterback,” added Junior Galette. “That's what I do and that's my strong point. They're going to use every tool I have to get me to the quarterback."
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