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Saints give OLB Galette 4-year $41.5 million extension and bring back WR Meachem

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) loses the ball as he's sacked by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis. The Colts aren't be sure what the offensive line will look like Sunday, Sept. 7, against Denver.  (AP Photo/Sam Riche)

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) loses the ball as he's sacked by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis. The Colts aren't be sure what the offensive line will look like Sunday, Sept. 7, against Denver. (AP Photo/Sam Riche)  (The Associated Press)

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.

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