Nnamdi Asomugha wasn’t the only Raider to have his contract voided

Former Raiders coach Tom Cable helped turn Robert Gallery’s career around when he moved him from tackle to guard.  It sounds like Gallery will be free to follow Cable to his next job should he choose.

Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune lists Gallery as one of the 25 potential Raiders free agents this offseason, depending on free agency rules in the next collective bargaining agreement.   The NFLPA’s website has Gallery under contract until 2014, but the deal has apparently voided.

Other notable Raiders names that could be free to leave include tight end Zach Miller, safety Michael Huff, and running back Michael Bush.  Defensive end Richard Seymour could go if he doesn’t get the franchise tag.  (If there is a franchise tag.)

We have no clue when free agency will actually start up again, but it’s going to be fascinating when it does.  With more players available than ever, the best pro personnel departments will have a bigger advantage on their competitors than usual.

25 responses to “Nnamdi Asomugha wasn’t the only Raider to have his contract voided

  1. Greg R wrote: With more players available than ever, the best pro personnel departments will have a bigger advantage on their competitors than usual.

    What’s a pro personnel dept?
    Is this something new in the league?
    Don’t all the teams still use monks to copy the playbook?

  2. Davis is crazy like a fox. If the owners lockout and the union decertifies those under contract will be bound by last years rules, those not under contract (and now without a union) would be free to sign with any team (including the Raiders) under any contract they choose to sign would they not?

    The players who have had their contracts voided appear to either be Raider loyalists or players without much in the way of other options.

  3. Also from Jerry McDonald’s story….

    “We have no idea at this point how free agency will work out, especially in the event of a protracted lockout. If a lockout goes on too long, there could be a reduced free agency this year, or in an extreme case, according to CNN-SI’s Peter King, no free agency at all until 2012. (He wrote that most people don’t expect that to happen, but if games are lost and teams must be thrown together, it’s a consideration).”

  4. Rest assured… the people that Al wants to bring back, he will. To the point, he will overpay them if he wants them to stay in Silver and Black. If he doesn’t want them, they will walk. It’s been Al’s modus operandi for years. Al will overpay players.. he won’t coaches. I’d be surprised if they don’t resign most of those free agents. Michael Bush and Zach Miller will have to wait to see if they allow 4 year players to become unrestricted FA’s… I love how everyone just assumes that all the Oakland FA’s will bolt for greener pastures.. when in fact, that isn’t normally the case. Watch and see.. and then apologize.. oh wait.. we never apologize for talking out our posteriors… and the last I checked, the Raiders were among the teams in the NFL that can also negotiate with free agents..

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    theandy59 says: Jan 12, 2011 10:20 AM

    Tell me when “buying a Super Bowl team” has ever worked…

    49ers, Cowboys

  6. bwisnasky says: Jan 12, 2011 10:52 AM

    Rest assured… the people that Al wants to bring back, he will. To the point, he will overpay them if he wants them to stay in Silver and Black. If he doesn’t want them, they will walk. It’s been Al’s modus operandi for years. Al will overpay players.. he won’t coaches. I’d be surprised if they don’t resign most of those free agents. Michael Bush and Zach Miller will have to wait to see if they allow 4 year players to become unrestricted FA’s… I love how everyone just assumes that all the Oakland FA’s will bolt for greener pastures.. when in fact, that isn’t normally the case. Watch and see.. and then apologize.. oh wait.. we never apologize for talking out our posteriors… and the last I checked, the Raiders were among the teams in the NFL that can also negotiate with free agents..

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    very true! good post

  7. Out of all 25 of those potential free agents, there are maybe 10 that I would even be concerned with getting back.

    Priorities-Asomghua, Seymour, Gallery, Bush, Miller, Huff, and Eugene.

    Not priorities, but could help-Gradkowski(as back-up), Routt, Satele and Cartwright

    a few of those contract will be decided by the CBA(if we get one)so they may not even go into free agency.

    I’m sure there are teams out there in far worse shape than us.

  8. Big SEY is too proud to come back. Hopefully time has eased some of his thoughts about how his situation was dealt with, but I don’t see it happening. It would be nice to see storywise…we get the Raiders first pick for Seymour, and we also sign him back. That would be hilarious. It would be like the 3rd round pick we got for Moss from the Vikes this year.

    He’d definitely help our line, that’s for sure. He was always a solid leader on and off the field and you cannot have enough guys like that. Plus he drilled Ben Roethle-somethin (good pick Cowah!)…so he’s OK in my book!

  9. After the lastest fiasco (canning the cableguy) I predict a player revolt.

    Fade fans will be suprised how many of those guys refuse to re-sign with the most dysfunctional team in sport.

    We’ll revisit this in a few months and see who was right.

    PS: Without the tag, Sey is gone regardless.

  10. grogansheroes says: Jan 12, 2011 12:19 PM

    Maybe big SEY will come back to NE where he belongs. For a team friendly contract of course.

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    You mean back to the team that traded him after a career of dedication to him. The team he said he felt “betrayed” by??? Good luck with that one!!

  11. Tom Cable resurrected Robert Gallery’s career. Cable’s a good coach. You wonder how good he coulda been without goofy Davis shoving crappy players down his throat. Hope he lands on his feet. He deserves better.

  12. As a long time Raider Fan I had hoped that this off season would have been different. Would it be so hard to just have a normal off season where we just focused on getting better?

  13. Dumb Question…….but since Asomugha’s contract was ‘voided’, could he potentially sign with one of the remaining playoff teams? Kevin Curtis played for the Chiefs after being cut only a few weeks earlier.

  14. grogansheroes says: Jan 12, 2011 12:19 PM

    Maybe big SEY will come back to NE where he belongs. For a team friendly contract of course.
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    Good luck with that…

    “There’s probably about 31 teams I’d consider going to,” Seymour said with a laugh, referring to the rest of the field in the 32-team National Football League. When asked if he would accept a call from the Pats if they approached him about coming back, he said, “That isn’t something I’m looking to do at all.”

  15. gotta love the ignorrance of most who said Al was fool etc……..more so even recently how stupid adam schefter said that raiders did not know nnamdi contract allowed to him to become a free agent this year, or how others said shane lechler was cut…i am lmao at the ignorrance of many….does anyone think for a minute that al did not know what was coming in 2011 when he traded a first rd pick, had the majority of coaches contract expire this year, and has 26 free agents who can not be signed by anybody until there is a new cba in place. I would almost have to think all other contracts must contain a “work stoppage ” clause as well.

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