Closer look at Gallery deal

Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery's one-year deal with the Patriots breaks down this way:

Base salary: $1 million

Signing bonus: $400,000

Roster bonus: $300,000

Workout bonus: $100,000

So the total cap value for 2012 is $1.8 million.

ANALYSIS: With this type of deal, it highlights that the Patriots envision Gallery being part of their 53-man roster. While some of their free-agent signings have been for modest money -- where the team can cut the player with little financial loss -- a $400,000 up-front payment for Gallery (tackle/guard) is significant. With tackle Matt Light's potential retirement looking closer to a reality, and guard Logan Mankins recovering from ACL surgery, Gallery represents a $1.8 million insurance policy for the Patriots.