Changing of the Guard: Oakland Raider G Gallery Replaced by Bruce Campbell

G Robert Gallery (6' 7", 325 lbs) has made it clear that he will part ways with the Oakland Raiders. Since the release of former head coach Tom Cable, Gallery has been at odds with the organization.

Losing Robert Gallery, however, will not hurt the Oakland Raiders. In fact, they may actually prosper by picking up a guard in the NFL draft or through free agency.

Gallery was drafted in 2004.  As the second overall pick in the NFL draft, Gallery signed a seven-year contract with the Oakland Raiders. From the start it appeared that Gallery would be a bust as he was often burned by the defense and the QB was hurried or sacked.

While Gallery has improved, his asking price is much higher than what he should be paid. Recently, Gallery had been seeking $8 million from the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis didn't bother to look into his check book as he and the Silver and Black were thinking $2.5 million, which is about Gallery's worth.

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It appears that rookie Bruce Campbell will take over for Robert Gallery. Campbell was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft by the Oakland Raiders (106th pick overall). He looks solid, and should do well in the running game.

Campbell will surprise a lot of fans. Weighing in around 315 lbs, the 6' 6" lineman is a beast, and when moving forward he can help set the run tone for RB Darren McFadden.

On special teams last season, Campbell took on multiple speedy defenders and opened holes in space. He is also quick to set the edge.  During his tenure at Maryland, he did a great job jamming opponents with heavy hands and was quick to reset when pass rushers attempted to slap his hands away.

The Oakland Raiders could possibly pick up another OL from the NFL draft this year or pick up a veteran that has proven talent. It's very unfortunate that many first rounders are handed hu...

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