Report: Junior Galette to meet with the Washington Redskins _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Former New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette


Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Junior Galette will sign a one-year deal worth the league minimum with the Washington Redskins.

Galette's agent, Alvin Keels, confirmed the deal via Twitter, saying "Junior is grateful for the second chance he is being afforded by the Redskins and is looking forward to not only producing on the field but also to display the veteran leadership in the locker room will help lead the Skins in a quest for a Super Bowl run."

New Orleans will play at Washington on Nov. 15.

Galette led the Saints over the past two seasons with 22 quarterback sacks. However, the Saints cut him from the team after a turbulent few months.

Police arrested Galette at his Kenner home in January on an accusation of domestic violence. Prosecutors did not pursue criminal charges in the case, but a civil lawsuit in the matter is pending against Galette.

Earlier this summer, a video surfaced that purportedly showed Galette hitting a woman with a belt during a 2013 beach brawl in Miami. Galette was supposed to meet with NFL officials at the end of June, and he is waiting to learn whether he will be suspended for any amount of time during the upcoming season.

Galette, who spent five seasons with the Saints, was informed of his release Friday.

Prior to his release, Galette had caused some issues in the Saints’ locker room. He made a comment during the 2014 season that the Saints’ defensive players were better than their predecessors, some of whom had helped New Orleans win the Super Bowl on Feb. 7, 2010. Those remarks were perceived to be disrespectful, and they upset his teammates, coaches and former players.

He also was reported to have gotten involved in a fight with former Saints defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, and he upset the team with his frequent and sometimes controversial postings on social media.

Galette’s release did not become official until Monday, when he passed a physical. There had been some doubt about his ability to pass the physical because he suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the offseason.