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After the report was released, Galette tweeted:
These Rumors Have to Stop....
— SACKMAN (@JuniorG93) September 2, 2014
Galette also told The Times-Picayune via text, “Rumors. I haven’t agreed to anything. Trust me I’m more shocked den u r.”
Later, Galette’s agent Alvin Keels also tweeted:
We have not agreed to a deal with the Saints for Junior Galette!!!!! #rumors
— Alvin Keels (@AlvinKeels) September 2, 2014
Galette, 26, has two years remaining on his current deal with the Saints. However, the final year can be voided if he tallies 12 sacks this season – matching his total from 2013 – and if his playing time surpasses 60 percent of the Saints’ snaps over the course of the 2013-2014 seasons.
Both are attainable goals for the 6-foot-2, 258-pound pass-rusher, who had a breakout season last year in his first season as a full-time starter.
Galette, who joined the Saints as an undrafted rookie out of Stillman College in 2010, signed his current three-year, $7.5 million deal in 2013, when he was a restricted free agent. He is due $2 million this year and $2 million next year in salary and bonuses. If the final year voids, he will be required to pay back $900,000 of his signing bonus.
Junior Galette and his agent both strongly denied a report by Yahoo! Sports that the linebacker had agreed in principle on a new contract with the New Orleans Saints.