Saints bring back Meachem, extend Galette
METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have given outside linebacker Junior Galette a four-year extension worth $41.5 million and have brought back receiver Robert Meachem.
Galette says he signed the new contract Wednesday. He says he hopes his deal winds up looking like "a discount" for the Saints, who first signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman in 2010. Galette, 26, became a starter last season after Will Smith was placed on injured reserve. He wound up with 12 sacks.
Meachem, entering his eighth season, was cut on Saturday, but the Saints were able to find a roster spot for him Wednesday when they placed rookie linebacker Khairi Fortt on short-term injured reserve. Meachem had 16 catches for 324 yards and two TDs last season.