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Report: Saints Coach Sean Payton Wants to Part Ways with Junior Galette

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Sep 28, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks with outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

In the midst of a civil suit regarding domestic violence charges that were recently dropped, Benson family aside, New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette has been the prime focus of sports media over the past month in the Big Easy.

Now, it is being reported by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, who likes to stir things up on occasion, that head coach Sean Payton has expressed his interest in parting ways with the Black and Gold’s leading pass rusher.

La Canfora’s report:

"“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 $12.5 million 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 round this.”"

Galette was arrested on the morning of Jan. 5 at his home in Kenner when the woman called police after the Saints’ LB had allegedly strangled and beat here while also ripping out her earring.

The alleged victim decided to file a civil suit against Galette last week.  Following the file, the domestic violence charges were dropped later that evening after Ralph Whalen, Galette’s attorney, was notified by Kenner Assistant City Attorney Howat “Howie” Peters.

Whether it’s via social media or on-field rants, Junior Galette can be a bit of a headcase on occasion.  Even though charges were dropped, the January arrest may have been the icing on the cake for the recently promoted defensive captain.  Coach Sean Payton usually does not approve when these types of situations surround his organization, but who really does?

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