Vittorio Tafor of the San Francisco Chronicle reports there is a wide chasm between the Oakland Raiders and soon-to-be free agent offensive guard Robert Gallery that has him looking elsewhere for employment. According to Tafor, Gallery was seeking $8 million per year while Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the team was only willing to pay him $2.5 million.
Drafted No. 2 overall in 2004, the Raiders envisioned him as the left tackle of the future, but he struggled at that position and eventually moved inside to guard. Gallery, 30, also has had to deal with his share of injuries. According to the report, he missed 14 games the past two seasons with back and leg injuries
Seattle is considered a possible landing spot in free agency for Gallery because of his relationship with new offensive line coach Tom Cable, and the fact that the Seahawks could be looking for another experienced guard to pair with offensive tackle Russell Okung.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gallery had nothing but positive things to say about his former team.
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Brian McIntyre offers a breakdown of Leon Washington’s contract, which includes $3.5 million in guaranteed money, and base salaries of $2 million in 2011 and 2012.
More McIntyre: He notes that recently released Seattle tight end Chris Baker was due a $500,000 roster bonus on the seventh day of the 2011 year, along with making $1.5 million in base salary.
Here’s a nuts and bolts story on what happened with the 24-hour CBA extension on Thursday, including the fact that teams cannot make any transactions during this period. However, the Seahawks can continue to negotiate with free agents like Matt Hasselbeck, they just cannot sign a deal.
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Michael McMann of Sports Illustrated provides a nice rundown of the different scenarios that could take place regarding the CBA negotiations over the next week.
Yahoo Sports Mike Silver says that given the fact the two sides are headed for a negotiation session and the lose-lose prospect of a long, drawn out labor fight, the smart money is on the two sides coming to an agreement.
ESPN’s Rick Reilly takes NFL owners to task for their greed.
Derek Harper of NFLDraftScout.com takes a look at the top 64 draft prospects in this year’s draft.