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Saints restructure Junior Galette contract and are now under the salary cap


Sep 21, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) following a win against the Minnesota Vikings in a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Vikings 20-9. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

According to insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the New Orleans Saints have restructured the contact of outside linebacker Junior Galette, converting his $12.5 million roster bonus into a signing bonus.

The agreement will spread the bonus over five seasons at $2.5 million per year.  This move means the Saints cleared $10 million in cap room and now the team is estimated to be about $2.44 million under the cap.  Those numbers do not include the Marques Colston pay cut.

While this does save the team money, Junior Galette’s roster spot is not a definite arrangement.  The move was designed to free up space, not secure his occupancy within the organization.

Galette still remains a headache as the victim of a civil suit filed by a woman who he allegedly beat.  Junior was arrested in early January on charges of domestic violence, but the charges were dropped according to his attorney.  He could still be punished by the NFL if the league finds it necessary.

Junior Galette was the Saints’ leading pass rusher in 2014, totaling 45 tackles, ten sacks, three forced fumbles and two safeties.  While he may be a bit of a problem child, his presence is still crucial as defensive co-captain, or should I should I say captain?  The other commander of Rob Ryan‘s unit, Curtis Lofton, was cut by the Black and Gold on Monday.

The Saints are under the cap, but there are likely more moves on the agenda before the free agency period kicks off tomorrow (March 10) at 3:00 PM CT.  Once again, GM Mickey Loomis works his magic, but this rearranged money will eventually make an appearance.