Veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery, whom the Patriots had signed this offseason to provide insurance with starting left guard Logan Mankins recovering from offseason ACL surgery, announced his retirement today.
The 32-year-old Gallery had struggled in training camp. On Friday, he was flicked to the side by defensive lineman Vince Wilfork in one-on-one rush drills, landing on his backside. That highlighted some of his struggles.
Gallery played the first seven seasons of his career in Oakland, the Raiders selecting him No. 2 overall in the 2004 draft out of Iowa. He spent 2011 in Seattle, which released him after the season despite Gallery having two additional years remaining on his contract.
The Patriots thought they might be able to squeeze another year out of Gallery, signing him to a one-year contract with a base salary of $1 million. The deal included a $400,000 signing bonus, $300,000 roster bonus and $100,000 workout bonus.
With Gallery officially retired, Mankins still on the physically unable to perform list and veteran guard Brian Waters not having reported to camp, the Patriots are without some of their most experienced players at guard.
Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell and Donald Thomas are three of the top healthy guards currently on the roster. If the Patriots play Connolly at guard, it could help veteran center Dan Koppen stick on the roster.