Saints officially release Junior Galette, sign two players _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) reacts as the final minutes tick away in the 23-15 loss in a NFL NFC divisional football playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks.

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The New Orleans Saints signed veteran tight end Kevin Brock and undrafted free agent Cole Manhart on Monday, replacing Junior Galette and backup center Mike Brewster, who was waived with an injury designation.

Brock, 29, is a Shreveport native who has 10 catches for 84 yards in three NFL seasons, all with three separate NFL teams. Brock played for Buffalo in 2011, Kansas City in 2013 and caught five passes for 21 yards with the Cincinnati Bengals last season.

Adding the 6-5, 264-pound Brock shores up a tight end position that was poised to start camp on Thursday with just four players: Ben Watson, Josh Hill, Orson Charles and Jack Tabb.

Manhart, an undrafted free agent from Division II Nebraska-Kearney, went through OTAs and minicamps with the Philadelphia Eagles before he was cut in late June.

Waiving Brewster with an injury designation allows the Saints to place the backup center on the injured reserve list if no other team claims him in the next 24 hours.

New Orleans made one other official move on Monday, releasing Junior Galette, a move expected after Galette told The Advocate Monday morning that he’d passed his physical. Galette is now a free agent.