By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 1:22 pm in Oakland Raiders.
So much for allowing Robert Gallery a gracious exit.
Gallery’s reward for telling ESPN he was leaving the club because of a “mutual decision” reached with owner Al Davis is the club claiming the issue was really a contract matter.
The organization which rarely discusses anything to do with a contract has trotted out their version of negotiations which ended with the two sides nowhere close in terms of an agreement.
“He was asking for $8 million a year, and we were willing to pay him in the $2.5 million range,” Raiders executive John Herrera told beat writer Steve Corkran. “His asking price was way too high.”
So is this some sort of new era with regard to discussing contract figures? Perhaps they’ll be making that Zach Miller offer public soon.
More likely, the fact that Gallery spoke at all was an issue, so the Raiders decided to go ahead trash a Tom Cable ally on the way out the door.