Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming. The Raiders’ youth movement is finally working its way through the offensive line. According to an ESPN report, Robert Gallery has said his farewells to Al Davis and will seek employment elsewhere. The Disney Sports Network quotes Gallery in the 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. 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.”
Given his recent history of injuries, an emergency appendectomy and that price tag to go along with his services it seemed pretty obvious that Gallery would be a goner once his deal was voided.
I’ve got to admit I have some mixed feelings on Gallery’s time in Oakland.
On the one hand dude was a massive disappointment as a franchise left tackle. Touted as the can’t miss prospect of the ’04 draft, Gallery missed like Dick Cheney on a quail hunt.
Being moved from one side of the line to the other didn’t help. Neither did the constant coaching turnover. But his early days will always be associated with being a part of one of the worst offensive lines in league history.
Not one to go JaMarcus and rest on his paycheck though, Gallery took a pat cut and was willing to move positions. Not as sexy as being an LT, Gallery flourished under the tutelage of Tom Cable as a left guard.
Over the last few seasons Gallery became known as a dominant guard especially in the running game. That mean streak of his was put to great use in the trenches as he abused D-lineman on Sundays.
Aside from his career resurgence on the field, Gallery became active in the community off of it. A known car enthusiast, Gallery organized a low rider cruise as a benefit that raised more that $20,000 for the families of four Oakland PD officers shot while on duty a couple years ago.
Overall I can’t really say anything negative about the guy. I admire his professional approach and continued desire to do whatever it took to help the team. While he never will live down his draft status, Gallery more than lived up to the expectations Raider Nation has of anyone that wears the Silver and Black. Just go out there and leave it all on the field is all we ask. Gallery certainly did that every Sunday.
No matter where he ends up, Gallery will always be remembered as a Raider. And he acknowledged as much with the following statement.
“I’ll always remember being able to come out of the tunnel of that stadium, into the Black Hole. That was exhilarating and never got old.”
Thanks for everything and best of luck, Robert!
Now the attention turns squarely to the offensive line where the Raiders could have as many as 4 new starters along the line come next season.
Bruce Campbell, you’d better be ready to go. The job is now yours for the taking.