Widespread reports in the US state the Saints have lost patience with the man they handed a four-year contract extension worth $41.3m in September of last year.
Galette had run into some trouble this off-season with the revelation of multiple off-field incidents, one of which dated back a few years. ???He was arrested on domestic violence charges in January that were later dropped.
The outside linebacker, who told New Orleans’ WWL TV media outlet that the Saints notified him of his pending release by phone, must pass a physical this weekend before his release can be processed. He suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights this summer but is not expected to need surgery.
The 27-year-old recorded 22 sacks over the last two seasons and earned $17.95m in the last year alone as part of his lucrative contract.
Since the Saints will have released Galette after June 1, his 2015 salary-cap figure will remain at $5.45 million, with another $12.1 million in dead money counting against next year’s cap.
New Orleans added veteran pass rusher Anthony Spencer (formerly of the Dallas Cowboys) in free agency and spent a second-round draft pick on Hau’oli Kikaha in the draft. The team will hope that duo can step up in Galette???s absence.??