It would seem difficult to punish a player over allegations that officials decided not to pursue, but the NFL is still trying to determine whether Junior Galette acted inappropriately.
League officials have spoken with local prosecutors to determine whether the New Orleans Saints pass rusher violated the league’s personal conduct policy in January, when he was accused of “jumping” a woman at his Kenner home.
After looking into the incident, Kenner City Attorney Michael Power determined in February that he could not prosecute the domestic violence charge and dropped the case.
Galette has not yet spoken with NFL investigators, and those close to him remain confident he will not be suspended or disciplined by the league.
The NFL has cracked down on domestic violence recently. Under the NFL’s new personal conduct policy, which was put into action Dec. 10, Galette could face a suspension of six games if the league determines he acted inappropriately.
The policy also states a conviction is not needed to pursue disciplinary action. Though the laws and processes in North Carolina differ from those in other states, new Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy won an appeal on a domestic violence conviction and was still suspended 10 games.
But that situation might not compare to Galette’s: Hardy was initially found guilty of a crime. In Galette’s case, prosecutors decided the evidence and accusations against the pass rusher were not strong enough to seek a conviction.
It could be difficult for the NFL to come to another conclusion.
And then there was one.
The Saints struck deals with linebacker Stephone Anthony and cornerback P.J. Williams on Tuesday, leaving Andrus Peat as the only unsigned member of the rookie class.
The terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Anthony, the 31st pick in the draft, recorded 330 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed and five forced fumbles during his career at Clemson. He was a consensus All-ACC selection after recording 90 tackles, 10.5 stops for a loss and 2.5 sacks last season.
Williams, selected in the third round out of Florida State, was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award , given to the top defensive back in college, last season as a junior. He finished the year with 74 tackles, one sack, one interception and 10 passes defensed.
Peat, an offensive tackle out of Stanford and the 13th overall pick, remains the Saints’ only unsigned player. New Orleans signed the other six members of its draft class Monday.
Rookie minicamp begins Friday.
All about the money
Rookie quarterback Garrett Grayson’s contract will pay him $3.4 million over the next four years, a source told The Advocate.
The third-round pick will receive base salaries of $435,000 in 2015, $589,000 in 2016, $744,000 in 2017 and $898,700 in 2018. The deal, agreed to Monday, includes a $733,000 signing bonus.