By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 10:48 am in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders guard Robert Gallery said he’s had conversations with Al Davis and that they have mutually decided it was time for him to continue his career elsewhere, according to an ESPN report.
“With the end of the league year coming today, and the few conversations I’ve had with the Raiders and Mr. Davis, we’ve come to a mutual agreement that it’s time for me to move on with my career,” Gallery said. “ I appreciate the start that they and Mr. Davis gave me and I truly have enjoyed my time wearing the silver and black. I wish them well, I thank the fans and I take away great memories of my time in Oakland.”
Gallery’s contract voided following the season, one in which he returned from back surgery. He struggled while being shuffled between right and left tackle in previous regimes before playing well at left guard at the behest of line coach Tom Cable.
Gallery was a vocal supporter of Cable in his final days as Oakland’s coach. Cable is now the assistant head coach and line coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
Although Cooper Carlisle is under contract, his position would appear to be tenuous with the team transitioning away from zone blocking and with Al Davis wanting to get at Bruce Campbell, a fourth-round draft pick a year ago who was a right guard as a rookie but failed to see the field.
A COMP FOR MILLER?
No word on whether the Raiders have applied any restricted free agency tenders, but there was one interesting signing of a player roughly comparable to Raiders tight end Zach Miller.
Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels signed a four-year contract worth $22 million that reportedly will pay him $14 million over the first two seasons.
A five-year veteran, Daniels’ has a similar skill set to that of Miller. Very good receiver, good hands, knows how to get open. Adequate blocker. Injuries have limited Daniels to 19 games over the past two seasons. He caught 38 passes in 11 games this season, finishing strong after a hamstring injury, and 40 passes last season in eight games.
Daniels has 245 catches for 2,972 yards, a 12.1 average and 17 touchdowns. Miller has 226 receptions, 2,712 yards, a 12.0 average and 12 touchdowns in one less season.
The difference is that Miller, as a four-year free agent, has more of a chance to be tied to his team in a new collective bargaining agreement than Daniels, who has played five.
In a world with a collective bargaining agreement, free agency would have started Friday. There are rumblings on Twitter posts from media-types at the scene suggesting an extension of talks is possible past today’s deadline of 11:59, eastern time.
The only deal announced by the Raiders since re-signing Stanford Routt and Rock Cartwright and the franchise tag on Kamerion Wimbley is signing safety Jerome Boyd. Boyd played in one game with the Raiders in 2009 and has spent time on the practice squad.
A reported deal with defensive tackle John Henderson (I’ve seen at two years, $4 million and two years, $8 million) has not been announced by the club.
The fastest 40-yard dash time ended up belonging to DeMarcus Van Dyke of Miami, and not Buster Skrine of UT-Chattanooga.
Van Dyke clocked a 4.28 according to NFL.com. Skrine, originally reported as having run a 4.29, wasn’t even listed in their top 10.
Here’s the thing about “official” combine times. Nothing is official.
The National Football Post, for instance, reported nine times since 1999 players had run a sub-4.3 _ including four Raiders. They had Stanford Routt at a 4.29 in 2005, with Fabian Washington at 4.25 the same year.
The NFL Network’s said Van Dyke’s time was the fastest since Routt’s 4.27 in 2005 and didn’t mention Washington.
Until the combine starts to put up electronic times and posting them like a track meet, no one can be completely sure what kind of times athletes are putting up.
And here’s the most important thing _ teams keep their own times and use those above anything else.
Talked with someone involved with Raiders scouting and told him about the NFP Post regarding the four Raiders who posted sub-4.3 times at the combine and was told actually there were only two by their count _ Washington in 2005 and Jacoby Ford last year.