Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that shortly after Raiders offensive tackle Robert Gallery announced that he wouldn’t be returning to the AFC West franchise, senior executive John Herrera said it was because the veteran blocker had priced himself out the Raiders’ financial threshold.
“What was mutually agreed upon were his numbers he wanted, and his agent wanted, were way out of line,” Herrera said. “He was asking for too much money. “He wanted $8 million; we were at $2.5 million. It was just way out of line with what we thought was reasonable.”
Gallery declined to react to Herrera’s comments tonight at the Ed Block Courage Awards banquet when asked if that was an accurate characterization.
“My parents always told me to be professional, be classy and tell the truth,” Gallery said. “What he chose to say is his business, and I really don’t have any comment on what he said. I’ve always told the truth.”
Gallery emphasized that he had a good conversation with Raiders owner Al Davis where they both agreed that it was time for him to move on.
“It was good,” Gallery said. “He’s always been good to talk to. I talked to him a lot throughout my career. It’s a business. Everybody knows how that is and I’m excited for the next opportunity. I definitely enjoyed playing there. I loved playing for Mr. Davis, but they’re moving in a different direction.”