Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 3/10/13
The Saints turned their attention to their key restricted free agents over the weekend, taking care of Junior Galette with a three year contract while giving 2nd round one year tenders to both center Brian de la Puente and running back Chris Ivory. The long term investment in Galette is one that wasn't necessary as the Saints could have simply stuck with a one year contract tender with him as well, being a restricted free agent. Instead, they gave him a longer term deal that does two things: 1. suggests they believe in Galette as a medium term solution to fixing this horrendous defense 2. gives the team more cap flexibility this season. If Galette had gotten a tender, he would have counted about $1.5 million to $2 million against the cap this year. Instead, they can get that number down by backloading his 3 year deal, making him more cap friendly this season. The 3 year commitment to Galette tells me the see him as a 3-4 outside linebacker starter in the new scheme.  I'm glad to hav...
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