Saints News 3/10/13: Galette Agrees to Terms; De La Puente, Ivory Receive 2nd-Round Tenders

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Your daily collection of Saints/NFL-related news, opinion, and whatnot. TODAY'S HEADLINE: OLB Junior Galette has agreed to terms on a 3-year contract with the Saints, while RB Chris Ivory and C Brian de la Puente have been tendered at the second-round level.

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Saints Free Agency Signings and Tenderizings

Saints agree with Galette, offer tenders to two other RFAs - Black and Gold Blog | theadvocate.com
Sheldon Mickles - The club announced that defensive end-turned-linebacker Junior Galette agreed to a three-year contract and General Manager Mickey Loomis later confirmed that center Brian de la Puente and running back Chris Ivory were extended second-round tender offers.

Sean Payton understands tough decisions remain for New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Sean Payton envisions Jermon Bushrod, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith on the Saints roster in 2013.

Saints preparing for start of free agency | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - While they can’t sign anyone until the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon, NFL teams began the free-agency process at 11 p.m. Friday with the commencement of a three-day negotiating window.

New Orleans Saints issue second-round tender on RB Chris Ivory | NOLA.com
Larry Holder - Saints offer Chris Ivory a one-year, $2.023 million deal.

New Orleans tenders two more RFAs - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - Center Brian de la Puente and defensive end Junior Galette also have been designated for the $2.023 million tender.

New Orleans Saints reach 3-year deal with DE/OLB Junior Galette | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Galette was a restricted free agent.

Saints Agree To Terms With LB Junior Galette On Three-Year Contract | neworleanssaints.com
Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis has announced the move on Saturday.

Saints, Galette agree to new 3-year contract | wwltv.com
Bradley Handwerger - Galette, a role-playing defensive end for the past three seasons, will move to outside linebacker in the Saints' new 3-4 defensive alignment. The move will help him take advantage of his athletic ability and speed off the edge.

Saints bring back Junior Galette | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - There’s mixed news for the New Orleans Saints as the NFL prepares for its annual winter/spring shopping spree known as veteran free agency.

Saints have plans for Junior Galette - NFC South Blog | ESPN.com
Pat Y. - After initially placing a second-round tender on Junior Galette, the New Orleans Saints have made a longer commitment to the defensive end/linebacker.

Saints give Galette 3-year deal | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - Junior Galette appears to be a part of the Saints defense's switch to a 3-4 alignment.

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Lagniappe

NFL free agency 2013: Negotiating pace picks up | SBNation.com
NFL Free Agency story stream with all the latest rumors and signings on SBNation.com.

Browns moving forward with strong commitment to analytics | Ohio.com
Nate Ulrich - As the Browns dive into the start of free agency this week and prepare for the NFL Draft next month, analytics is playing a much more prominent role in the organization than ever before.

NFC Free Agency Preview: 49ers Have Few Holes; Falcons Hope for Same | NYTimes.com
Judy Battista

AFC Free Agency Preview | NYTimes.com
Judy Battista - In the A.F.C., active teams in free agency could be the Dolphins, who need receivers; the Colts, who need offensive linemen; and the Jets, who need, well, almost everything.

Rozelle Award winner Bill Polian says New Orleans Saints have the right leadership to recover next season | NOLA.com
Nakia Hogan - Polian, a former NFL GM turned ESPN analyst, praised the re-signing of Junior Galette.

Top 15 Free Agents in Saints History | thesaintsnation.com
Andrew Juge - Here are my top 15 free agent signings in team history.

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