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.


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Mistabr0wn

    The only jury out on DMAC might be in a paternity suit thats about all.

  • Just Fire Baby


    3-3 with Gallery
    2-8 without him

  • Mistabr0wn

    I wouldn’t be surprised if AL gives Lechler his walking papers next. The axe is falling on the heads of Cable supporters.

    If you dont think AL wont drop kick a punter just because he is a stud go ask Marcus Allen what he thinks.

    See ya Shane…

  • Silverandblack666

    “Asked point blank if he thinks the president has been doing a good job running the country, Damon simply replied, “No.””

    Thats too bad for him and you other BO haters because if you look at the Vegas odds for who will win in 2012 no one is even remotely close to BO.

    you haters will have 4 more years to bash him like it or not.


  • Mistabr0wn

    OakGlen/SeymourBush/Debo, always willing to carry water for failures like JaMarcus Russell and Barback B0bama.


  • Silverandblack666

    Until McFadden can play a whole season he is s situational player, he has not shown the durability to last a whole season yet.

    Good Running backs are durable and do not miss 3-4 games a year….see Curtis Martin or Marshall Faulk.

    McFadden is fast but he is not an every down between the tackles runner if you ask me.

  • Mistabr0wn

    666DeboSeymourGlenn, why the love affair with failures?

  • Davy Jones

    I don’t think it really has to do with Cable supporters, it has to do with production. People think that Wimbley is being overpaid, but he produced: sack leader on a team that was 2nd in sacks in the NFL in 2010.

    Gallery was a competent guard with an LT contract. his production doesn’t justify his contract.

    All the people who are complaining about “scholarship” players should be happy with this. I liked Gallery, but his “getting-paid-like-an-LT” scholarship ran out.

    Isn’t he a better ZBS guy than a power guy anyway? Can’t resign everybody. His money can go to Zach Miller and/or Michael Bush.

  • Nnamdi21

    “Here’s the thing about “official” combine times. Nothing is official.”


    yeah like Talyor Mays unofficial sub 4.3 suddenly is a 4.5 sumthing. Whatever.

  • anthonyraiders

    I know one thing, i rather have gallery over nam aus. when gallery was in the game and we ran over 100 yards we had a way better chance to win compared to namdi shuting down one reciever. The only reason we won 8 games this year is because of our #2 rushing offense. we have been up in the top ten in pass defense quité a few times the past 8 years and we sucked. Having a great quarterback, stopping the run and being able to run wins championships. we have a average quarterback, with a d-line that cant stop the run and now lost are best o-lineman. i really want to win but jackson will have to pull one out of the hat.

  • DutchRaider77

    Davis seemed to find the pointed criticisms from punter Shane Lechler more amusing than disturbing.

    “My first reaction was three years ago, if you get out your newspaper, Shane said publicly he wasn’t coming back, he didn’t like it here,’’ Davis said. “A month later, he was coming back because I gave him the highest paid contract of a specialist in pro football.’’

  • Nnamdi21

    154. Look at the projects Damon’s starred in. He’s pro Repub all the way.

    F him and his propaganda.

  • Silverandblack666


    I have been silverandblack666 for 6 years on this blog and have been banned for calling the mod a troll but have never used any other moniker.

    Your private investigator skills are lacking and you should stick to what you know best….rubbing old men with KY jelly at the bath house and making poor political choices then defending them with your low IQ and poorly written posts.

  • Davy Jones

    162.Nnamdi21 Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 1:31 pm
    154. Look at the projects Damon’s starred in. He’s pro Repub all the way.

    F him and his propaganda.


    You sure? BFF Ben Affleck is a flaming liberal.

  • Raiderjambo

    116 rmr, If you were to ask sports fans in your “your small world” who the dumbest fans were, I can absolutely,positively, guarantee that Raider fans wouldn’t even get a whisper. Trust me, in the big, bad world beyond, there are aloooooooooooooooot of badly run sports franchises who have won NOTHING in their miserable existance! RAIDERS FOREVER.

  • djohnnyg

    114.DutchRaider77 Says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Didn’t Davis have a consultant last year for help?

    It was Parcells.