Fan favorite situational pass rusher/potential supernovastar Junior Galette has apparently agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on a three-year contract, which will keep the restricted free agent linebacker from hitting the open market on March 12.
I was a few hours behind the times, but saw the news first moments ago, in a tweet from our pal Andrew Juge of Saints Nation:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Gotta love the 3 year deal for Galette</p>— Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/310449254143504384">March 9, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Then I jumped to neworleanssaints.com and saw the official release, which included these encouraging stats/info:
In 2012, Galette enjoyed his most productive season as he appeared in 16 games with one start at left defensive end and finished with 22 tackles (18 solo), a career-high five sacks, which ranked third on the team, one forced fumble and four special teams stops.
After spending his first three seasons at the defensive end position, Galette will move to linebacker as the Saints transition to a 3-4 alignment.
...which lead me to believe there is absolutely no reason why he's not destined for SUPERNOVASTARDOM in the new 3-4 under Rob Ryan this season. WHODATATTACK, baby!!!!
Nakia Hogan of the nola.com had this story up about it just 40 minutes ago...
OK, let's discuss how this paves the way for a Top-10 Saints defense in 2013 - YA-WHOO DAT!!!!!
I think I stayed up too late last night, and had too much coffee already this morning. It's going to be a long weekend. Enjoy me while it lasts, folks!!
Here's the "to the minute" updated FA tracker...
|Pos||Player||FA Status||Previous Team||Current Team|
|OT||Jermon Bushrod||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|WR||Devery Henderson||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|QB||Chase Daniel||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|WR/ST||Courtney Roby||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|OT||William Robinson||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|DT||Sedrick Ellis||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|LB||Scott Shanle||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|LB||Jonathan Casillas||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|DE||Turk McBride||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|CB||Elbert Mack||UFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|RB||Chris Ivory||RFA||New Orleans Saints||2nd Rd Tender
|C||Brian de la Puenta||RFA||New Orleans Saints||-|
|DE/OLB||Junior Galette||RFA||New Orleans Saints||Agreed to 3-yr. terms|
|LS||Justin Drescher||RFA||New Orleans Saints||-|