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Gallery says farewell

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.

COMBINE ADJUSTMENTS

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.

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  • HayesDaze37

    MR says: …”some of the things he said are just crude.”

    Ummmm…would those be the things he cut n’ pasted that YOU said??

    Even if “Stak” wrote nothing, what was said by YOU was enough, MR.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, that’s enough. From here on out we’re discussing Al Davis, or nothing. Got it?

  • DutchRaider77

    @RMR
    That’s cool…but did you post those quotes about wanting to blank your counsin or did people make those up? Cause, we all know if someone else posted about wanting to blank their cousin, you would have rubbed their nose in it. Turn about is fair play.

  • HayesDaze37

    OK…football/draft then…

    Why not answer Davy Jones’ question about drafted players…

    How about Al’s drafts the past few years? Any good players to go along with those “busts” we keep hearing about?

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Dutch Raider, cut it out, now. Football from here on out.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, I’m discussing Al’s draft record, as evidence that he needs to stop down. I’m not arguing FOR Al Davis, as you evidently are, I’m arguing against him. And I think there is far more evidence today that Al Davis is a bad GM than there is that he’s a good one. The won/loss record since 2003 speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

  • YoungAmerican

    No matter what, we’re looking at at least three new starters along the offensive line.

    RT and RG are the positions that need to be upgraded the most, considering how poor of a job that side of the line did, both run blocking and pass protecting.

    Now there needs to be a new LG (not sure how high the coaching staff is on Loper, but he did play pretty well last season), and Satele is the only C the Raiders had on the roster and he’s a free agent now.

    How the draft shakes out will determine which of those guys come back.

    I’d like to see what Campbell has at both RT and RG, but I think it would be a disaster if Campbell and Henderson are simply handed the starting jobs on the right side of the line. The Raiders need to get some competition going on that side.

    Nick Kaczur would be a solid veteran presence and can play either position, and it looks like he’s going to be cut by the Pats. Hopefully the Raiders consider picking him up.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I am one of those people who still have the wait and see on who won the Seymour/NE trade.

    Certainly, we started off nicely with two pretty solid years from Seymour.

    But if the Pats at #17 take some guy that turns into the second coming of Reggie White, all the while Seymour slowly grinds down his productivity with age, than we got screwed.

    To early to tell, IMO, but so far so good.

  • HayesDaze37

    Dutchman — Don’t let the facts get in the way with MR…he makes his own rules in here…and he is the king of the hypocrites in here, not coincidentally.

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    Trolls are out in force today. Good news for the billy goats gruff.

  • YoungAmerican

    RMR, your argument is moot. The only person running the draft is going to be Al unless he gets very ill or passes away. That’s just the reality of the situation. Far from ideal, but there’s nothing any of us can do about it. We can only hope that whatever players he picks somehow pan out. Hopefully at the very least Hue Jackson has Al’s ear, and has some idea of what needs to be done to get this team competitive again.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    HayezDaze, you need to discern irrelevant facts with relevant facts. Do you honestly believe one decent player Al snags in the later rounds makes up for his record since 2003?

  • HayesDaze37

    One decent player? Flail away, MR…everybody’s laughing at you.

  • DutchRaider77

    @YoungAmerican
    Didn’t Davis have a consultant last year for help?

  • bcz24

    Exactly I hate when people say “wait to see who NE gets” but thats completely irrelevant– McClain was solid & McFadden was a beast this year but our success in the first round has been average at best the last 5-7 years.
    *********
    NE is going to turn our #1 into at least 2 other picks. They wont draft anyone that high unless a CBA is done and a rookie scale is in place by then.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    Well, I don’t think Al DAvis supporters have much high ground to really laugh at anyone, HayezDaze. If you were ask any sports fan across the world who the dumbest fans in all of sports are, I think you know who they’ll point to.

  • bcz24

    Nick Kaczur would be a solid veteran presence and can play either position, and it looks like he’s going to be cut by the Pats. Hopefully the Raiders consider picking him up.
    ******
    Damien Woody was cut by the Jets too and could bring some vet leadership to our line, and can really play anywhere on the line. Im sure with him rehabbing an achilles he isnt going to get any high dollar offers so for vet minimum with some PT incentives why not?

  • Davy Jones

    99.The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Davy, here’s how it will work, I guess. You continue talking about me, I’ll continue talking about Al. We’re at an impasse, and it looks like we’ll be staying here. The world goes on.

    ==================================================

    Talking about you? When do I ever talk about you? I talk about the things you say about Al Davis. And believe me, your stuff needs a rebuttal.

  • YoungAmerican

    # DutchRaider77 Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    @YoungAmerican
    Didn’t Davis have a consultant last year for help?

    —————-

    Not sure. From what I’ve heard, Al has a pretty tight inner circle of scouts and advisers, but I don’t think anyone knows for sure who they actually are. Al referenced a guy he’d hired a season or two ago at the press conference, but there’s really only been speculation as to who it might be, or if he even works for the organization anymore.

  • HayesDaze37

    Playing as well as Seymour/being as good in the long run??

    It’s hard to imagine another rookie coming in like the man named Suh did in Detroit…and that’s what it would take for New England to have gotten a better deal in the Seymour trade. Even then, he needs to be a long-term player for NE.

    Richard Seymour takes this Defense to the next level, and he raises everybody up with him. This year, this Defense makes its name.

  • RaiderfanNY

    The problem here is not so much losing Gallery — an above-average guard.

    It’s having to rebuild the entire offensive line in one off-season. Few teams have been able to do it in recent memory.

    Carlisle is probably gone. Satele may be. Walker could be. We could be looking at one starter returning in Veldeer.

    If we have, for the sake of argument, Campbell at RG, a rookie at LG, a free-agent at center and Mario Henderson at RT, will we be able to win against tough defensive fronts? I don’t see it.

    Big Al is giving a ton of money to a (questionable) bunch of defensive players. They better be good, because the offense may need some time before it can be nearly as good as last year.

  • HayesDaze37

    RFNY — Right on the money.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    YoungAmerican Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Not sure. From what I’ve heard, Al has a pretty tight inner circle of scouts and advisers,

    ………..

    Ha ha ha ha!!!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Looks like a solid set of backups or CFL starters.
    _______

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Veldheer – Moffitt – Wisniewski – Campbell – Kaczur/Henderson

  • Mistabr0wn

    Even staunch Libtards are running away from pres purp lips! It doesn’t get any worse then that. Damon is just now catching up to purp lips now while the rest of america wokeup 18 months ago!
    _______

    In an interview set to air tonight, actor Matt Damon tells CNN’s Piers Morgan he’s unhappy with the president. Asked point blank if he thinks the president has been doing a good job running the country, Damon simply replied, “No.”

  • DutchRaider77

    I bet that L. Walker comes back (not a good thing), because he was a Davis guy. Cable never seemed sold on Walker…
    Think Henderson gets moved to the right side? Is Henderson a Davis guy?

    Not like it is actually proof, but Adam Schefter’ thinks that B. Campbell is going to be moved to LG to take Gallery’s place. (ESPN, Gallery article cited above)

  • YoungAmerican

    Ha ha ha ha!!!

    ——————

    Al’s gotta yell at someone when his picks don’t pan out.

  • Just Fire Baby

    As usual with Al, we have very little starter level players at O-line on the roster, only 1 QB I believe and no DC named yet.

    However, we hurried up and re-signed our #7 WR in Nick Miller, and have a good 7-8 DB’s signed on as well.

    If we were playing flag football, we would be the gold standard.

  • HayesDaze37

    I need lunch.

    I need football in ’11.

    Football will happen.

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiderfan that is why I think it is important that we resign Mr. Satele, Mr. Barnes, and Mr. Loper.

    In fact should we lose the Zach we must resign Mr. Barnes; as we would be way too thin at TE as well as OL.

    Mr. Henderson, Mr. Carslie, and Mr. Walker can walk.

    We also have Mr. Parsons on the PS, and you know Al likes having USC players on the 53 man roster.

  • http://www.aldavissucks.blogspot.com The Real MaddenRaider

    MB, Damon is upset with your president of the United States for not being liberal enough, not because he’s not conservative enough.

  • RaiderfanNY

    Another point to consider: Losing Gallery and Nnamdi at the same time, if it comes to pass, would be a big blow.

    They’re two of the only veteran Raiders — respected, intelligent, hard-working guys.

    Losing veteran leaders always hurts NFL teams. Seymour can’t be the only guy young players listen to. And I don’t see much leadership coming from the QB.

  • Kirk

    Hey Gallery, get a haircut.

  • Mistabr0wn

    MR, as usual you are just an incompetent moron.

    Nobody said anything about liberal or conservative. He is just not doing a good job. Can you even take a sh!t and chew bubblegum at the same time?

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders have their core:

    A solid DL; a LT or C; MLB & SLB; 1 CB & SS; RB & 1 [worthy] WR; a ST ace; and most importantly a starting QB.

    3 most important positions: QB, LT, DE = Raiders have under contract.

  • RedneckRaider (The Real MaddenRaider-Hater; seriously, I hate that guy…)

    I love a good RMR bashing as much as anyone, but moving forward, who/what should we trade Carlisle for?

  • Mistabr0wn

    lol @ trading Carlisle.

    hahahahaha

  • Mistabr0wn

    Raider fans think you can just demand another team accept whatever trade that will work in your favor and screw the other guy.

    FK’n meatballs!

  • RaiderRetribution

    I think our second or at the latest our third round pick [both should the Raiders use them to move into the 1st] soley depends on the Raiders resigning Nnamdi.

    We resign him we go OL, we do not resign him we are drafting a CB with one of our first two picks [hopefully the U's CB].

  • DutchRaider77

    who/what should we trade Carlisle for?

    _____________________________________________________

    Cornell Green? (Kidding)

  • RaiderRetribution

    Shiloh Keo, Baby!

  • Mistabr0wn

    Director Spike Lee was among those who trashed 0bama’s slow response to last year’s devastating oil spill along the Gulf Coast, suggesting the president hadn’t shown enough emotion on the issue. “One time, go off!” Lee told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”

  • DutchRaider77

    I am starting to miss Barry Simms…

  • RaiderRetribution

    trading players will be tough this year, it may be too late in traing camp/preseason for coaches and GMs feeling comfortable making trades.

  • YoungAmerican

    Nobody’s trading anything for Carlisle.

  • Nnamdi21

    “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.”

    ================

    Campbell was never meant to start last year. Only played what? 18 games of football in his life up to being drafted?

    A project who DID btw, see the field last year in at least 2 regular season games garbage time.

  • RaiderRetribution

    if we throw in another player or draft choice someone might take him.

    Coaches are always looking for OL.

  • SharkCatcher

    The jury is still out on dmac…..??? lol ..I want some of the same stuff you and Charlie sheen are smoking maddenraiders

  • YoungAmerican

    VittorioTafur

    Key stat in their contract talks: #Raiders 6-6 with Gallery, 2-2 without him

  • Just Fire Baby

    Until there is a CBA, you can’t trade players anyways.

    Very little player-trading done after the draft, so if there is no CBA at drafttime, nobody is trading anybody.