There aren't many times as a football fan where you are satisfied in your favorite team's decision to parts ways with a player as productive as Junior Galette. Well folks, this is one of those times. As much as I have loved Junior Galette over the course of his tenure with the Saints, the amount of stupidity he has shown off the field has left his net worth to this franchise in the red. A year ago I couldn't have been happier that the Saints extended Junya for another 4 years. At the time he was worth every cent of that $40 million dollar contract. His growth from an undrafted free agent to a premiere pass rusher in the NFL was exponential and his salary finally reflected as much.
Unfortunately, things went downhill almost before the ink even dried on his brand new contract. First it was allegations of domestic abuse. Then it was downplaying the importance of some of his ex-teammates to the history of the franchise. This offseason it came to a head with accusations of Sean Payton lying about his injury status, a viral video in which his friend can be heard screaming "Fuck Sean" (presumably directed at the Saints Head Coach), and an older video of Galette whipping a woman with a belt before suck punching a random kid on the beach. A summer that was devoted to cleaning up the Saints locker room, and Junior Galette did everything in his power to keep it dirty. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis were essentially walking around vacuuming and Galette was following behind them knocking shit over and saying "you missed a spot". Sorry Junior, as much as I love your story, as well as your passion on the field, your sacks to headache ratio isn't anywhere close to where it needs to be to remain a fixture in the Saints locker room. He's a talented kid walking an extremely volatile path. I hope he smartens up. I hope he matures. I hope he learns to do his talking on the field. Unfortunately, for Junior Galette and the Saints, that time didn't come soon enough. As great as he has been during his time in New Orleans, releasing Junior Galette is addition by subtraction.
Remember these words Junior....
"I mean, c'mon, who are you talking about?" He asked, laughing."The guys that replaced them are better than they were."
Galette, of course, was talking about departed veterans like Will Smith, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins and Jonathan Vilma.
"Here, the guys that replaced them are better than the guys we had. It's not even close. Across the board," Galette said. "I'll take Kenny Vaccaro any day over any safety. And I'll take (Cam Jordan) over any defensive end. Jairus Byrd over any safety."
...how do they taste?