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Saints could release Junior Gallette; Coach Payton has been pondering idea

junior galetteJason LaCanfora of CBS Sports is reporting that the Saints (who are in salary cap mayhem) could be ready to release starting outside linebacker Junior Gallette.  Gallette signed a major contract extension with the team, but was recently in trouble for a supposed domestic violence charge, even though all charges were dropped.

No team has more salary-cap work to be done than the Saints. They continue to work through the process with at least a half-dozen players, sources said. Coach Sean Payton has expressed a desire to part with troubled pass rusher Junior Galette, according to sources, with the team exploring options to part with him after his January arrest. But the contract looks pretty iron-clad, with a fully guaranteed $12.5M roster bonus coming due in mid-March. Because his arrest came in the offseason and did not cause him to miss a practice or game, sources who have read the contract believe the NFLPA would object to any attempt to circumvent it. I don’t see them getting around this. If the Saints can trim the $20M or so they need to from the cap the way they want, sources said it would result in Marques Colston, Jahri Evans and Curtis Lofton remaining with the team on slashed salaries, while Ben Grubbs, Brodrick Bunkley and David Hawthorne are very likely to be let go and to hit the market as free agents. You can put the Saints right up there with the Titans, Colts and Dolphins as teams who have splurged big in free agency over the past three years with very little production coming from those often highly-overpaid players.

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