John Herrera just can’t leave well enough alone.
Yesterday Robert Gallery announced he and the Raiders “mutually” agreed to part ways. It was widely assumed this was a business decision. It’s pro football. It’s a business. We all know that the term “mutually” usually means “money related”.
Whatever. That’s the way these things go.
Gallery thanked Al Davis. He expressed his gratitude for the support of Raider Nation. And that was that.
We know dude underachieved as a left tackle. We know he was a bust. But we also know he did whatever the team asked of him. Changed positions, played hurt and gave it his all. He didn’t sulk. He didn’t complain. He did his job, connected with the community and when it was all over and done with he went out with class.
But leave it to Herrera to air all of the dirty laundry behind the scenes as he told the Chronicle exactly what the “mutual agreement” was.
“The only thing that was mutually agreed upon is his numbers were way out of line with ours.”
Yeah, we pretty much assumed as much Herrera. According to Vittorio Tafur, Gallery was looking for something in the $8-million range and the Raiders were offering him $2.5-million.
First things first. People may crack jokes about the Raiders overpaying but anyone willing to drop $8-mil a year on Gallery is either crazy or Daniel Snyder. If that’s what he truly thought he deserved to get paid then by all means, good luck with that Robert. It’s just not going to happen in Oakland.
However, closed mouths don’t get fed.
I don’t blame Gallery one bit for asking for that much. If he gets it, great! If not he’s free to seek that money elsewhere which seemed pretty likely no matter what.
The problem is that Herrera couldn’t just let things be. So what if Gallery was asking for way too much coin. Let him walk and leave it be.
Herrera also went on to remind the world that the Raiders were 6-6 with Gallery and 2-2 without in 2010. As if that lends any credence to balking at his salary request.
What this boils down to is guys like Herrera constantly feel the need to remind the world how right they are and how wrong everybody else is.
Memo to Herrera – put a winning team on the field and they’ll do all the talking for you.
Enough with this need to save face by pointing fingers, assaulting reporters and banning former MVPs from the facility. Do your job – whatever that is – and let the rest play itself out.
While most have balked at the recent moves by the Raiders, the fact of the matter is Oakland is setting a bold standard in the face of labor adversity. But when you’ve got No Talent Ass Clowns like Herrera running their mouths it just fuels the flames of all those Raider misconceptions.