Jordan: Junior Galette's extension is a good deal
Junior Galette has signed a 4 year extension with the Saints.
And, according to reports, his contract ain't so junior anymore, good for $41.5 million with $23 million guaranteed.
Galette still had two years left on his contract, and this extension would keep him in the Black and Gold through 2019.
At first glance, it may seem a bit pricy for a player who's only had one season as a starter; but Galette is worth it, in my opinion.
The Saints signed him as an undrafted free agent (hmm, sounds like a familiar refrain for Saints players) in 2010 out of Stillman College. He saw plenty of playing time as a back-up in 2011 and 2012, notching 39 total tackles and 9.5 sacks.
Then Rob Ryan came along, and Galette really broke out. Originally a defensive end, Galette transitioned to outside linebacker; and he flourished, recording 40 total tackles and an impressive 12 sacks. The tandem of Galette and Cam Jordan (12.5 sacks) gave the Saints their first season with a pair of players with double-digit sacks since 2004 (Charles Grant and Darren Howard).
Now, detractors will correctly point out that Galette has only played at this elite level for a single season; but it was his first season as a starter and his first under Rob Ryan. He's just 26. I'm certainly optimistic that he'll continue playing like he did in 2013.
The Saints had the fourth-most sacks in the NFL last year, and Galette accounted for 25% of them. He's locked-up long term now. Be happy, Who Dats. The Falcons, Panthers, and Bucs definitely aren't.