Junior Galette release official, New Orleans Saints sign two players

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Pending a physical, the New Orleans Saints announced that they were releasing Junior Galette on Friday.  Physical passed, release official, as of Monday afternoon.

It’s been a very bumpy offseason for Junior Galette, who was scheduled to meet with the NFL to discuss a prior domestic violence case and some other mishaps, including a video of him allegedly striking a woman with a belt during a beach brawl.

It just sounds like Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have finally had enough of the headache.  A headache that continued through the weekend on his girlfriend’s Twitter account.  There is no real proof that Galette was the one doing the tweeting, but whoever it was was quite knowledgeable on the team’s personal issues.

In the absence of Junior Galette, the Saints have announced the signing of two players — tight end Kevin Brock and guard Cole Manhart.  New Orleans also released center Michael Brewster.

Brock, 29, signed with the Carolina Panthers after going undrafted in 2009.  Since then, he has spent time with seven other teams with his most recent tenure being with the Cincinnati Bengals.  A likely camp body at most, Brock has just five career receptions for 63 yards.

Manhart, an undrafted rookie, played his college ball at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  He was recently released by the Philadelphia Eagles. His draft profile from NFL.com:

"STRENGTHS: Very fluid athlete with good feet. Was effective when asked to pull from tackle position. Can climb to second level and get blocks sealed. Used as tight end in short-yardage spot and was motioned around to set up attack points. Good processor. Was able to make in-game position switch effectively. Shows good pad level and hand placement in pass protection. Competes hard through the play and to the whistle.WEAKNESSES: Level of competition is well below NFL standard. Punch in pass pro doesn’t carry much snap and his core strength could be a major issue beyond college. Needs more coaching and improvement with footwork on zone plays as he allows too much penetration. Good straight-line athlete but his change-of-direction quickness is below average.SOURCES TELL US: “He has to move to guard to have a shot, but he’s not a bad football player. I just don’t know if he’s going to be strong enough to play in the league.” — AFC South scoutBOTTOM LINE: Decorated Division II tackle prospect who might have to move to center to have any shot in the NFL. As an NFL guard, Manhart would be athletic enough for a zone scheme, but NFL scouts have grave concerns about his ability to drop anchor and handle power from the inside. Manhart could be a late-round target or priority free agent with practice-squad potential as a center."

The New Orleans Saints kick off training camp Wednesday at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

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