NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After terminating the contract of Junior Galette on Monday, Saints Coach Sean Payton took to the airwaves Tuesday to discuss why the franchise cut ties with its most productive pass rusher.
During an interview with "Pro Football Talk" Payton said, "It was really in the best interests that we thought going forward for our team. But he's going to have, I'm sure, a handful of opportunities with other clubs...We wish him well, but we felt for our team coming up into the season, it was the right thing to do."
Galette led the Saints with 10 sacks last fall, and tallied 12 more back in 2013. He had also just signed a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension last September, but his offseason was a downward spiral with a January arrest for simple battery involving domestic abuse. Then came a video in which a man matching Galette's description was seen hitting a woman with a belt.
According to Payton, it was time for the Saints to move on.
"I think when it's all said in done there was more expected off the field," Payton said. "There were too many times there were some inconsistencies, some things that took place where we didn't feel comfortable as a club. Obviously when you write a check like that and make a commitment like that, you have a long-term vision. Certainly we did. That same vision we had when we signed Junior as a rookie player. Shoot, as a head coach you feel like you failed because you take a vested interest him having success and seeing him accomplish all the things you want. Yet at the same time, there is team element that we felt was really paramount."