After speaking with owner Al Davis, guard Robert Gallery has decided it’s time to move on and will not be returning to Oakland next season.
“We’ve come to a mutual agreement that it’s time for me to move on with my career,” Gallery told the media on Thursday.
Gallery has been a favorite of Al Davis since the 2004 draft when the former Hawkeye was selected with the second overall pick. After he struggled mightily at tackle in the 2006 season, the Raiders switched him to left guard and it was there that he resurrected his career. Still regarded as a bust given that he was drafted with the number two overall pick (and as a tackle, not as a guard, which rarely go in the top 10), Gallery has developed into a highly efficient run-blocker the past two years.
Seattle is viewed as a potential landing spot for Gallery because Tom Cable, his former head coach in Oakland, is now coaching the Seahawks’ offensive line. The only question is whether or not Gallery would be willing to move to right guard. Max Unger missed all but one game last year with a toe injury, but is viewed as a key piece along Seattle’s O-line. The Hawks could stand an upgrade at right guard seeing as how Stacy Andrews is a candidate to be released this offseason and was replaced by Mike Gibson at the end of the year. But Gallery might be more apt to go someplace where he’s assured the left guard position.
As for the Raiders, they’ll likely rely on 2010 fourth round pick Bruce Campbell to replace Gallery on their offensive line. Campbell is a former tackle himself from the University of Maryland. Ironically, he was being mocked to go to the Raiders in the first round, but he fell to them in the fourth.