It is becoming very obvious why Tom Cable didn’t have much success as a collegiate coach. Dude is a great motivator of talent but he can’t recruit from squat. The Seattle Seahawks have confirmed the release of former Raider Robert Gallery just one year after they inked the inked offensive guard to a three-year deal.
Both Gallery and Zach Miller followed Cable from the Bay to the Pacific Northwest last off season and neither had any impact at all for the Seahawks. Both players struggled with injury but when healthy their contributions were few. So much for Cable getting one over on Al Davis.
For Gallery this could be the end of an otherwise disappointing career. Once viewed as a can’t miss prospect as a left tackle coming out of Iowa the Raiders grabbed Gallery with the second pick in the ‘04 draft. His can’t miss status was quickly disproved as he found it nearly impossible to block against NFL defenders. While his career was given a second life after being converted to guard it hardly justified his phat rookie contract.
Gallery was very involved in the community during his time in Oakland including organizing an event to raise money for the families of police officers that died in the line of duty. His Raider career was a roller coaster but he was always willing to do whatever was asked of him by the coaching staff.
While the Raiders are in the market for an offensive guard following the release of Cooper Carlisle it is hard to imagine the 32-year-old Gallery making a return to the Bay. Injuries have cut short the last few seasons of his career so any money committed to the mammoth lineman would be a gamble at best.