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Report: Patriots agree to deal with Robert Gallery

Charlie Whitehurst, Robert Gallery AP

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reports that the Patriots have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent guard Robert Gallery.

Coach Bill Belichick was high on Gallery leading up to the 2004 NFL draft, and Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England wrote in May of 2011 that the Pats were still “enamored” with the former No. 2 overall pick. While Gallery has since changed positions from tackle to guard and turns 32 before the season, at the very least he can add veteran depth to the interior of the Patriots’ offensive line.

Gallery has become increasingly injury prone late in his NFL career. He’s missed 18 games over the past three seasons.

The Seahawks cut Gallery on March 14.

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79 Responses to “Report: Patriots agree to deal with Robert Gallery”
  1. armchairqb says: Mar 19, 2012 3:21 PM

    First Haynesworth, now this clown. Pats starting to lose their magic touch.

  2. dhnyj1 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:22 PM

    He looks like Mick Foley in that pic

  3. trollhammer20 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    He wasn’t bad when he was healthy last year. He got cut because Seattle had two capable backups (McQuistan and Giacomini) who played very well, and it’s very likely his spot will be taken by last year’s first-round pick Carpenter, with Giacomini sliding into the starting RT spot.

    A nice pickup for a team that needs some depth, but at this point, not sure if he’s starting material.

  4. jets4gold says: Mar 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    jets should have pick this guy up.. He’s a monster

  5. anyslacking says: Mar 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    Seem to be a lot of free agents for the offence. Hope they go the same route as the Texans in last years draft and go all D.

  6. Matt says: Mar 19, 2012 3:24 PM

    Tom Cable lit a fire under him after the Shell year. Gallery was one of the best linemen in the NFL that year. He’s never lived up to it ever since.

    I wonder if his heart is in it. He’s only had one good year his entire career and it has nothing to do with talent.

  7. mrplow3 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:24 PM

    That picture……that picture is not flattering.

    It looks like me.

  8. jswheeler says: Mar 19, 2012 3:24 PM

    With all these recent signings the patriots are getting old-fast.

  9. jsho55 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    He is clearly Ross Ventrone’s father.

  10. 12thmanhawks says: Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    Good luck with that bum

  11. portnoychunk says: Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    He looks good.

  12. towniesman says: Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    Bill will get him to play at a high level

  13. tigerlilac says: Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM

    Coach Belichick, just stop, you can’t sign everyone. This guy could field a team of second stringers and beat half the clubs in the league.

  14. souldogdave says: Mar 19, 2012 3:26 PM

    Gallery is a turd! Good luck with that short-armed loser.

  15. homelanddefense says: Mar 19, 2012 3:26 PM

    unless Waters retires Gallery will be a backup at guard. Nice depth, hope they didnt pay much for him.

    Draft better be all defense, because they are signing offensive players left and right.

  16. frostbelt says: Mar 19, 2012 3:27 PM

    Somebody’s scared of Mario Williams…

  17. mswravens says: Mar 19, 2012 3:27 PM

    soon to join the list of failed reclamation projects that all too many people think must turn out well since the so-called Genius Belicheck is involved!

  18. wryly1 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:30 PM

    No O-lineman in the 21st century came into the draft with more hype. Gallery was supposed to be the all-world LT. Turned out he could even play the position. Now he looks like just another aging beer guzzler in your bowling league.

  19. paleandpasty says: Mar 19, 2012 3:31 PM

    That’s one big belly.

  20. nflfollower says: Mar 19, 2012 3:31 PM

    This is a classic pats move. Will be good depth at guard for them. Wow I wish my team was this effective with personnel moves.

  21. patsfiend says: Mar 19, 2012 3:32 PM

    He’s 32? Between that, and that horrible picture of the keg he calls a stomach, I am disgusted and feeling old.

    The Pats are signing anyone and everyone, kind of like they did when BB first came on the scene… and there will be a lot of cuts (and a few diamonds) come September.

  22. chawk12thman says: Mar 19, 2012 3:32 PM

    Glad for Gallery…..tx for the work you did in Seattle.

  23. slickmarine says: Mar 19, 2012 3:34 PM

    He looks kinda like Rob Ryan…

  24. mdorsey12 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:35 PM

    Why would you get an injury prone player I mean come on the patriots need healthy players

  25. nflfollower says: Mar 19, 2012 3:35 PM

    Actually I think belichek just wants to take a few strands of gallery’s hair and make a scraggly wig out of it….its the only part of his cryptkeeper look that needs improvement. he has been enamored with the man’s hair all these years, and remains so.

  26. nfl fan says: Mar 19, 2012 3:36 PM

    SO HAPPY the giants didn’t pick this guy with the 2nd pick on the 2007 draft. What a bust. I think they did ok with Eli instead…just ask a Pats fan.

  27. raider23mike says: Mar 19, 2012 3:36 PM

    Wow! Belicheck still thinks he can make bad players play great on “his system” lol.

    It’s laughable!!

    The Mojo of the Patriots is gone and Bill knows this, that’s why his trying to bring old vets to cover up the horrible D-Line and Defense.

  28. cbs1971 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:37 PM

    That picture reminds me of a character from “Wrong Turn”…….just saying….

  29. anyslacking says: Mar 19, 2012 3:37 PM

    Patriots now have one of the deepest most talented O lines in the league. Waters, Mankins, Light (if he re-sings, Vollmer, Solder, Gallery, Cannon are all pro bowl quality or near, add the multi-position/ kick return ability of connolly, that is some line.

  30. nfl fan says: Mar 19, 2012 3:38 PM

    nfl fan says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:36 PM
    SO HAPPY the giants didn’t pick this guy with the 2nd pick on the 2007 draft. What a bust. I think they did ok with Eli instead…just ask a Pats fan.
    …Sorry meant to say 4th pick.

  31. ampats says: Mar 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    No frostbelt, its called depth. Something that your Bills will not have since 14% of your cap is tied up in Mario Williams. Any injuries on the Bills DL they are toast !

    Don’t worry, 2nd place is there for the taking as the jets and dolphins have regressed since the end of the season.

  32. anyslacking says: Mar 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    Plus patriots have the best O-Line coaches in the league the great Scarnecchia

  33. portnoychunk says: Mar 19, 2012 3:40 PM

    It’ s just a depth signing folks….depth. The same thing with the Stallworth and Gonzalez signings. Competition in camp, get these guys on the cheap and pick the best out of the crop. Gallery isn’t a reclamation project, he’s a low risk potential insurance policy. If he doesn’t work, they cut their losses and move on. Sure, they don’t win the SB every year….but 5 trips in the last 10-11 years is pretty good in my book.

  34. tigerlilac says: Mar 19, 2012 3:42 PM

    Guys, Belichick just keeps picking up assets at bargain prices (or at least heavily discounted to what others are paying). He doesn’t expect them all to make the roster, never mind play to their past potential. The depth of the Patriots’ roster allows guys that get with the program (and get healthy) to be utilized in such a way as to maximize their productivity. These veterans he’s picking up are inexpensive insurance policies. Gallery may turn out no better than Haynesworth, or he might just be another productive guy that does his job for a team that competes for a championship.

  35. mullman7675 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    Another ex-Raider signed by the Pats. Bill was a huge Al Davis fan, as evidenced by his consistent poaching of former Davis draft picks. Tom Cable got the best years out of Gallery when he was with the Raiders, but failed to get the same returns in Seattle. Bill SHOULD see the impending disaster on this move, but I hope he doesn’t.

  36. sergio408 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    New England Patriots are the Oakland Raiders East,

    Trevor Scott
    Sterling Moore
    Robert Gallery

    And in the past
    Randy Moss
    Derrick Burgess
    Doug Gabriel

  37. mianfr says: Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    Good depth signing.

  38. havok82 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    He’s a serviceable backup to Mankins and Waters. He can also add depth at tackle should they need it. Value signing.

  39. seahawks4alltime says: Mar 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    His heart wasn’t in the game during his time in Seattle. I think he could have done much better, and if he had we would have kept him. I hope he finds his heart, when he does he plays well.

  40. radrntn says: Mar 19, 2012 3:47 PM

    whats with the pats taking on all the ex raiders?

  41. kelvinmchale says: Mar 19, 2012 3:50 PM

    Two words: Dante Scarnecchia

  42. bozosforall says: Mar 19, 2012 3:51 PM

    towniesman says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:25 PM
    Bill will get him to play at a high level

    _
    Like he did with Haynesworthless and Ocho Stupido?

  43. bmceh says: Mar 19, 2012 3:59 PM

    He’s sexy and he knows it.
    Get’s hurt, can’t block, & he still gets millions (what).
    He works out (hey).

  44. homelanddefense says: Mar 19, 2012 4:00 PM

    Ocho Stupido?? Hilarious and mature huh Bozo?

  45. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:02 PM

    Scar will get definitely something out of the guy. Tom Cable can’t carry Scar’s whistle when it comes to developing and coaching offensive linemen.

    Fair point bozos…he can’t fix them all.

    HAVE A NICE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. mychode says: Mar 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    I was thinking of being this dude next holloween.

  47. jsho55 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    sergio408 says:Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    New England Patriots are the Oakland Raiders East,

    Trevor Scott
    Sterling Moore
    Robert Gallery

    And in the past
    Randy Moss
    Derrick Burgess
    Doug Gabriel
    —————————-

    Difference being they actually win?

  48. tbf22 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:05 PM

    Don’t the patriots know that the best teams build through the draft?

  49. vincentbojackson says: Mar 19, 2012 4:05 PM

    Risky move. From the looks of that picture he may miss a portion of the upcoming season while taking maternity leave.

  50. bostonhasrealhockey says: Mar 19, 2012 4:11 PM

    No they have 2 first picks and 2 second round picks because they dont know that they have to build in the draft. Gronkowski hernandez solder mankins brady mayo mccourty spikes wilfork….pay attention bro it dont cost much.

  51. patsfiend says: Mar 19, 2012 4:18 PM

    nfl fan says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:38 PM
    SO HAPPY the giants didn’t pick this guy with the 2nd pick on the 2007 draft. What a bust. I think they did ok with Eli instead…just ask a Pats fan.
    nfl fan says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:36 PM
    …Sorry meant to say 4th pick.
    ——————
    Good thing you corrected that. We were all hanging on your initial dee-bag comment.

  52. nfl1818 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:18 PM

    In addition to depth, this means the Pats can use the first 4 or 5 picks on D and 2 should be impactful. They have taken the urgency out of needs at WR, OL, and 3rd TE, and started the D upgrade at Safety and DL and LB.

    BB has also signed all his key ST guys.

    Getting old ? Many are veteran fill-in parts that will be battling other vets or 3rd or 4th round picks for backup roles. The core of the team is a good mix of vets and youth. If you look at the 01 team btw, you will find many guys that few wanted. Fanene and Gregory will play, think Fanene might be huge, and obviously Lloyd is #1 WR so those 3 are quality or high quality pickups and Fells is beter than any 3rd TE you could find in round 5 or 6.

    The draft is now 5D or 1 OL + 4 D in the first 5 picks. Which means a young D will get younger and better.

    Seems like an incredibly effective FA period, with almost no risk of being naked AFTER the draft.

    The real question becomes who makes the team and who can effcetively slide to the practice squad.

  53. haystackbadboy510 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:19 PM

    is Wife Beater Cable gonna join the Pats to Coach Zone Blocking to the O-line???????????

  54. allsportsnyfan says: Mar 19, 2012 4:21 PM

    Remember SB 46? You ain’t going nowhere.

  55. jolink653 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:23 PM

    raider23mike says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:36 PM
    Wow! Belicheck still thinks he can make bad players play great on “his system” lol.

    It’s laughable!!

    The Mojo of the Patriots is gone and Bill knows this, that’s why his trying to bring old vets to cover up the horrible D-Line and Defense.

    _________________________________________________

    yea because gallery will be playing on the defensive line…idiot…and for the record our “horrible d-line and defense” made an appearance in the super bowl last year which i’m sure you were watching

  56. schmitty2 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    nfl fan says: Mar 19, 2012 3:38 PM
    nfl fan says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:36 PM
    SO HAPPY the giants didn’t pick this guy with the 2nd pick on the 2007 draft. What a bust. I think they did ok with Eli instead…just ask a Pats fan.
    …Sorry meant to say 4th pick.

    Can you apologize again for listing the wrong draft year??

  57. footballmaven says: Mar 19, 2012 4:29 PM

    Can anybody honestly think of a lousy Pats offensive lineman in the last ten years? If Gallery doesn’t pan out, he’ll be the first..

  58. profootballwalk says: Mar 19, 2012 4:36 PM

    armchairqb says: Mar 19, 2012 3:21 PM

    First Haynesworth, now this clown. Pats starting to lose their magic touch.
    ———————————————

    You mean like getting to the Super Bowl?

  59. rajbais says: Mar 19, 2012 4:36 PM

    His gut in that picture looks big!!!!

    I think this is the first player of an ex-Belichick assistant to have ever played for him in New England!!!

  60. unbreakable02215 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:50 PM

    Ahhhhhh!!! The Ghost of Andre The Giant !

    Beer Kegs beware !

    Dante Scarnechia will get something out of him.

    If any OLine coach can get the inherent talent out
    of him he’s always had, its him.

  61. unbreakable02215 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:01 PM

    Just re-signed Donte Stallworth too.

  62. rc33 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:10 PM

    Amazing. The Patriots are “too old?” Cuz all I ever heard is that they’re too young.
    Adding a 32 year-old backup Guard now makes them too old.
    Got it.

  63. purplengold says: Mar 19, 2012 6:03 PM

    second or third trimester for Gallery?

  64. tedmurph says: Mar 19, 2012 6:30 PM

    We’ll see what happens when the best OL coach in football(Scarnecchia) gets a hold of Gallery.

  65. eddiemeredith says: Mar 19, 2012 6:34 PM

    People thought it was silly when they got brian waters… he was a probowler with them. Gallery is a solid guard that should start on at least half the teams in the nfl

  66. souldogdave says: Mar 19, 2012 8:14 PM

    Gallery never came close to living up to his draft status. He was an utter failure at tackle. He has short arms and is weak, will be driven back. He was eventually a decent back-up guard at best. He hasn’t played well, or even been healthy, for a couple of seasons. I agree with the previous poster, who compared this signing to Haynesworth last season, a sign of desperation.

  67. bozosforall says: Mar 19, 2012 8:41 PM

    footballmaven says:
    Mar 19, 2012 4:29 PM
    Can anybody honestly think of a lousy Pats offensive lineman in the last ten years? If Gallery doesn’t pan out, he’ll be the first..

    __
    Adrian Klemm…Patriots first round BUST.

  68. tigerlilac says: Mar 19, 2012 9:07 PM

    bozo, learn to count. Adrian Klemm was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Thanks for confirming footballmaven’s comment.

  69. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 19, 2012 9:28 PM

    Unlike bellisuck.

  70. silvernblak says: Mar 19, 2012 9:37 PM

    Gallery was a true Looking Raider!!! We will miss him and wish he was still here. But now we are under the new Reggie Regime who know more about football and players and what he is doing to Our Raider Organization. I believe in him and its been a loonggggg time since good things been a brewing in the black hole!!!!! Cant wait to see what he be throwing next for us to feast upon….I love “Porter” in the house anyone!!! Just win BABY!!!

  71. nflfan555 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:40 PM

    A depth guy – if he blows! He gets cut. Who knows competing for a SB might relight his fire – I only see upside.

  72. nflfan555 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:43 PM

    Oh and by the way – you Bills fans come on, blow your cap nut on one guy, when he gets hurt week 5 then what “suck for Barkley” chants. Come on smell get real.

  73. infectorman says: Mar 19, 2012 10:30 PM

    tigerlilac says: Mar 19, 2012 9:07 PM

    bozo, learn to count. Adrian Klemm was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Thanks for confirming footballmaven’s comment.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    @tigerlilac:
    He IS in the 4th grade after all….cut him some slack.
    Bozo, keep trying, you’re doing pretty good for a 10 year old

    @nfl fan says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:36 PM
    SO HAPPY the giants didn’t pick this guy with the 2nd pick on the 2007 draft. What a bust. I think they did ok with Eli instead…just ask a Pats fan.
    …Sorry meant to say 4th pick.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Eli Manning; drafted in 2007?

    Uh, your only off by 3 full seasons, bro you were close, really, you were

  74. tdk24 says: Mar 19, 2012 11:23 PM

    Gallery asked Bill what he could offer him besides a salary. Bill answered “first hand experience of how it feels to lose a Superbowl”.

  75. gitchogameon says: Mar 20, 2012 1:55 AM

    Looks like Roberta is preggers and ready to bust.

  76. CKL says: Mar 20, 2012 2:02 AM

    sergio408 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    New England Patriots are the Oakland Raiders East,

    Trevor Scott
    Sterling Moore
    Robert Gallery

    And in the past
    Randy Moss
    Derrick Burgess
    Doug Gabriel
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    You forgot Gerard Warren.:)
    Gabriel should count for only half since they sent him back to Oak. & got their pick back, LOL
    BB does love him some former Raiders. He and Al were kindred spirits in their mavrick tendencies. Those innovators/mavericks are BBs favorites in the NFL, guys like Sean Payton & Shanny.

    To the person inquiring about crap OL drafted by NE in the last 10 years: Nick Kaczur. And if you don’t get better playing for Scar, you probably won’t. And where is Nick now?

  77. bozosforall says: Mar 20, 2012 2:30 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    Mar 19, 2012 9:07 PM
    bozo, learn to count. Adrian Klemm was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Thanks for confirming footballmaven’s comment.

    __
    tugnutlicker, learn to read…the poster specifically said, “Can anybody honestly think of a lousy Pats offensive lineman in the last ten years? If Gallery doesn’t pan out, he’ll be the first..”

    Klemm played for the Pats until 2004.

    Now learn how to do simple math…2012 minus 2004 equals 8…which is less than the 10 years that the original poster specified that the lousy offensive lineman had to be a Pats player. Note that the original statement wasn’t that anyone had to think of a lousy Pats offensive lineman WHO WAS DRAFTED in the last ten years. Try paying closer attention next time, peabrain.

  78. bozosforall says: Mar 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    infectorman says:
    Mar 19, 2012 10:30 PM
    tigerlilac says: Mar 19, 2012 9:07 PM

    bozo, learn to count. Adrian Klemm was drafted in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Thanks for confirming footballmaven’s comment.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    @tigerlilac:
    He IS in the 4th grade after all….cut him some slack.
    Bozo, keep trying, you’re doing pretty good for a 10 year old
    __
    Yet still smarter by far than AIDSinfectedman.

  79. silvernblak says: Mar 25, 2012 11:44 PM

    Thats the fighting Raider spirit we all need to see this year….

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