2012 Free Agency: Patriots Sign Robert Gallery

Bill Belchick finally got his hands on Robert Gallery

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots have been extremely busy in the free agent market during the opening week and they continued Monday by signing former Oakland Raider and Seattle Seahawks OL Robert Gallery.

Robert Gallery has long been a favorite of Coach Bill Belichick, ever since he came out of Iowa as a LT in 2004. Bill Belichick called him the “best player in the draft” that year, and Gallery was widely considered to be one of the best OL to come out of college in years. Gallery was selected second overall, but has not met the expectations of a top three pick.

Gallery started his career at RT for Oakland and after two years he was moved to LT in 2006. Although he had his moments, Gallery was considered to be a “bust”, since the hype surrounding him was so high.  

In 2007 Gallery was move inside to guard and ultimately performed much better. Gallery has played guard since the move inside in 2007. When the Raiders fired Head Coach Tom Cable, who also served as the OL Coach for Oakland, he was hired in Seattle as OL coach. Cable brought Gallery to Seattle with him to play the LG position. Most of Gallery’s struggles of late can be attributed to injuries, as he has missed 18 games the past three seasons.

With rumors that Matt Light will be retiring this off-season, Nate Solder will likely be asked to play LT and Sebastian Vollmer will be the RT. Assuming Brian Waters is back Robert Gallery will likely serve as insurance at two positions: OT and OG. He can also fill in if someone struggles or if injuries arise. Gallery is known as a coachable player, who was very fundamentally sound coming out of college. Tom Cable is a very good offensive line coach and he loved Gallery as a player. Now Gallery will be able to be coached by the best OL coach in the league, Dante Scarnecchia, and that can only help.

This is another low risk, high reward type of signing by New England. The Patriots are building really solid depth with proven veteran players who aren’t going to break the bank and you can’t argue with that strategy.

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10 Responses to “2012 Free Agency: Patriots Sign Robert Gallery”

  1. Jeff says:

    The simple fact of the matter is that, Dante is the best OL coach in the NFL and possibly ever, and BB knows what to look for in an OL that Scar wants. If BB was so high on Gallery it’s because Dante liked what he saw…and I have yet to see them be wrong on O linemen. So while he may not have been as good as advertised for the Raiders…bear in mind that the Raiders SUCK so I put that on them as an organization as much as anything Gallery may or may not have done.

    I won’t be surprised if Gallery ends up having a great season.

    • Ryan says:

      Me either. When drafted Gallery may have been reached for a bit, but the Raiders at that point were also awful. How many coaches have they had?

      From the things I have read he is an excellent teacher, mentor and teammate. He motivates, and gets nasty when playing. Weird all of the things BB/Scar want. I think he sticks, and he may have a Pro Bowl season. Its weird how he was released and BB scooped him up so quickly. One teams trash is our future Pro-Bowler.

  2. TD says:

    I’d say he’s insurance if Light and/or Waters retire and if Mankins’ knee takes longer. He also is mostly a road grading guard in the run game at this point. He bombed as an OT for Raiders.

  3. Bill says:

    Sounds like a great pickup. He looks like he could drop 25# pretty easily, andf there in might be a lot of his injury problems

    • Jeff says:

      He definitely has some serious beef. I’d guess the Pats training camp will get him into solid shape.

      I still fully expect Bill to draft another OL in the draft, albeit it won’t be in the 1st two rounds and possibly not even in the 3rd.

  4. Jim R says:

    Lets get Michael Bush from the Raiders too. Damn we are picking the meat off thier bones.

  5. AM says:

    Somewhat unexpected, but a great move. Not sure if he can really provide any depth at OT, given how poorly he performed previously, but no worse than a quality backup and spot starter at OG.

    • DWE 2012 says:

      Have been busy lately, and havent really been up on what Gallery stat’s are, “BUT”, as I have stated on numerous occasion’s previously….The Pat’s need too shore up the O-Line. This is a great siging IMO because Solder is still a little green/wet behind the ear’s and could stand to pack on a few LB’s. Matt Light behind us and Cannon is also still green/wet behind the ear’s. There is also a small concern(but not that huge) about Vollmer and injury issues that may creep up.
      This signing does what need’s to be done(hopefully Gallery can step up and actually do it VS just be here), and that is SOLIDIFY THE OFFENSIVE LINE. Especially with The Bill’s W/ Mario on deck now.
      A little help SHOULD go a long, long way.
      I love this signing as he is a VET(not an unknown rookie), he can fill in at both guard and tackle if needed. He add’s depth, insurance regarding the possable injury of another player and also has the ability to take over a starting possition on the regular if needed.

      I have stated they need to sign the best possable OT in F.A. Period and drop that individule in the middle of what we currently have…….Gallery is not the BEST, but he is coachable, versitile and NOT WET BEHIND THE EAR’s….
      Great Singing IMO.

      • Dan says:

        I doubt he’s here to step in front of Solder. Gallery will be a back up with flexibility to play guard & tackle…that’s if he makes the team. Solder will be starting if Light retires…maybe on the right side, or possibly the left.

        I like this signing, but it’s much like the Gonzalez signing…just bring them in and see if they can make the team…competition and depth…let the healthy and talented make the team.

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