NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Not only does Junior Galette's release leave the Saints with tons of dead money for this season and next, but it also leaves them with one huge dead space along the defensive front seven.
Speaking at a Wednesday press conference, General Manager Mickey Loomis could not ignore the void. "Yeah, a lot of production we're going to miss that," Loomis said.
Sean Payton referenced the difference between individual statistical performance and the overall quality of the Saints "It can impact your team, but sometimes ... look, we felt it was in the best interest of our team," Payton said.
Sean Payton said he never anticipated not having Junior Galette at training camp but if you look at this team's moves during the NFL Draft picking up two players at outside linebacker and also Anthony Spencer in free agency, it seems that the Saints knew they needed cover at the position.
Making up for 22 sacks over the last two seasons means getting production early from some unproven guys. Draft picks Hau'Oli Kikaha and Davis Tull will need to play beyond their rookie years while free agent pick up Anthony Spencer could be looked upon as the immediate fill-in, according to Loomis.
"I think we feel like we have some players that can pick up the slack and that's what training camp is for," Loomis said. "We can't turn the clock back we hope to make decisions with an eye on going forward and that's what we've done."
The Saints begin practicing Thursday at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.