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After Further Review: Galette Deal makes Football and Fiscal Sense

(AP Photo Dave Martin) Galette deal a win-win for he and the Saints. (AP Photo Dave Martin) Galette deal a win-win for he and the Saints.

New Orleans, La - Chalk up another win-win for the Saints and one of their young up-and-comers.

The team has agreed to terms with Junior Galette on a new three-year contract.

Early Saturday morning news broke that the Saints had placed the second-round tender on Galette. Not long after (or in my case one minute after tweeting the tender story) the Saints announced they had reached the new three-year pact.

Realistically, the tender provided protection from other teams from making an offer but a new deal is what they were aiming for all along.

I haven't been able to get the exact numbers of the contract deal but was able to confirm, through a league source, that his new deal is more cap-friendly than the tender. Instead of taking the $2.03 million cap hit, the Saints will be on the hook for his base salary and year one's portion of whatever his signing bonus/guaranteed money is.

Again, I haven't confirmed the numbers but it would seem logical that the cap hit is lower than the tender amount. It may not work out to a huge difference but any reduced number with the team's current salary cap crunch is a good one.

On the field, Galette is considered a rising star. In limited snaps, he's had 9.5 sacks in two seasons and seemed to wreak havoc even when he didn't actually record the sack. Now, the Saints are switching to a system many believe better suits his skills in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4.

If his production increases and was playing under the one-year tender then next offseason he would have gotten much more expensive to re-sign.

Remember in the NFL, proven pass rushers get paid the big bucks.

The Saints know he's not proven pass rusher just yet, but he has the potential to become one very soon. So they inked him to a three-year deal now and ultimately saved money against the cap in 2013.

If Galette becomes the player many think he can be, then the Saints effectively locked him up at his current value and potentially saved money on his future value. If all goes to plan, at this point next offseason we will all look back and see just how much of a bargain the Galette deal truly was. If he doesn't pan out, they've only committed three years to him.

For Galette hopefully greatness is in his future. While he makes that transition, he got a nice pay raise in the process. If he outplays this contract, he'll be able to cash in big when it's up in three years at the age of 28.

All in all, this move makes both football and fiscal sense. And all sides are happy.

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