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Hawks release OL Robert Gallery; sign McQuistan

Post by Eric Williams on March 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm with 71 Comments »
March 14, 2012 6:34 pm
Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Robert Gallery. (AP file photo)

Rick Smith, the agent for Robert Gallery, said via twitter that his client has been released by the Seattle Seahawks this evening.

The Seahawks confirmed the move.

This move makes some sense, with the team hosting a visit with Steve Hutchinson today. Gallery missed the season opener with a sprained right knee, and after struggling in his return the next game against Pittsburgh, Gallery had surgery to repair an injured groin, sitting out a month and missing three games.

Gallery played his first seven season in Oakland, and because of his experience in Tom Cable’s zone blocking scheme he was considered the offensive line technician’s eyes and ears on the field.

Gallery played through pain and never complained. But the injuries affected his play. Gallery was due to make $5 million in 2012, but his salary was not guaranteed.

UPDATE: Also, the Seahawks announced that they have signed offensive lineman Paul McQuistan, which makes sense because he probably was one of the team’s five best linemen last season. McQuistan started 10 games for Seattle last year, including three at left guard, three at right guard and four at at left tackle.

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  1. Come home Hutch!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    I suspected as much when I heard about Hutch, despite being rebuffed. Nothing personal toward Gallery, but he’s never been terribly effective. Either here or Oakland, injured or healthy, tackle or guard. He’ll make a solid backup on a team with a good line or a middling starter on a poor or re-building line.

  3. Seahawks resigned OL Paul McQuistan

  4. bird_spit says:

    I love the move..and lve it that Hutch, the MFer or mauling football player comes back. Hutch exemplifies the dirt bag that coach mora said was lacking. Even though hutch was a sob for leaving.

  5. I stood next to Hutch and Big Walt a few times at training camps. Walt is bigger, no doubt, but the arms on Hutch were insane to see up close. The only guy I’ve seen in person who compared was Mark McGwire down in Peoria in the late 90’s. Hutch is an absolute beast of a man and it sounds like the price might be right.

    I was really rooting for Gallery, but the guy couldn’t stay healthy long enough to really contribute and when you have a young line, continuity is important. It will be critical that Moffitt and Carpenter make it through the season together this year for that very reason.

  6. raymaines says:

    I’d love to have the 2006 Hutchinson back and get six or seven more great years out of him, but right now I’d just as soon have Ben Grubbs from the Ravens.

  7. Carson — Carpenter won’t be playing most of next year, he’ll be rehabbing.

    These moves are great as long as the SeaHawks really do have Hutch signed and his shoulders really are ready to handle 16 games. The McQuistan move was a must. I like it. He’ll probably get some starts once again.

  8. I love McQuistan (as a 6th lineman). Love the depth he provides at tackle or guard. Absolutely love this move.

    Come on Hutch and a QB named Matt! Things are looking good! Keep it rolling!

  9. Seahawks2620 says:

    Dukeshire- I am rather unfamiliar with the way contracts work, as far as releasing some one outright goes. Does that mean that we are free of the 5 million that was due to Gallery this upcoming season?

  10. I’m hoping Manning can sign with Tenn tonight so the other QB dominoes can fall by tomorrow and we can get this FA period over and done.

  11. Seahawks2620 says:

    Not saying it’s going to happen, however it would be hilarious if the releasing of Gallery wound up being a precursor to drafting DeCastro like someone on this blog has been clamoring for.

  12. freedom_X says:

    Another veteran G’s career dies ignominiously in Seattle. Hutchinson must only want to play one more year if he’s interested in Seattle. :)

  13. 2620 – In Gallery’s case, they freed themselves of his $5M salary + $1.5M bonus due. So if they can get Hutch for under $6.5M this year he’s a bargain.

  14. freedom – good point! Ever since Hutch left, LG in Seattle is where old guards come to die! lol! Maybe they’ve decided that only Hutch can end the Curse of Hutch!

  15. Seahawks2620 says:

    Thank you.

  16. BobbyK,

    Hope all this OL activity will be a selling point for Flynn. I was also so relieved to see Henne get signed by another team. That would have been awkward to have them both in town. Now we’ll look more focused. I’m also hoping that Miami will sign Peyton, being that he already has a house there, so they’ll be out of the “all in for Flynn” race.

  17. fromargentina says:

    Hutch, Flynn & DeCastro is the FO plan? i like that!!!!

  18. Seahawks2620 says:

    Even with the release of Gallery, I would be surprised if we went DeCastro with our first. Unfortunately, we have too many holes at LB and along the defensive line as we stand to go OG in the first. You never know though, if we do some things over these next few days to address those needs you could potentially see a DeCastro selection in the first. Again, highly unlikely.

  19. I hope the Gallery release, but the resigning of McQuistan, doesn’t mean that this Hutch thing isn’t going to work out?

  20. Dukeshire says:

    2620 – Just to confirm: Stevo’s right on.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby – Even if Hutch fall through, think of how well the line played in the absence of Gallery, so far as LG goes. He gone and good riddance (nothing personal to him, but he’s a liability.)

  22. With Cleveland not interested in Flynn, and Miami salivating over Manning, Seattle could end up signing Flynn at a bargain price. I never thought that could happen, but it may be happening right now. If they can sign Flynn for less than $7.5M, he’ll actually be cheaper than drafting a QB at #12 and paying him a capped rookie contract. This is making Flynn look better and better to me. Not a huge risk at this price.

  23. Dukeshire says:

    iPhone s’ missing…

  24. Yes. Gallery wasn’t part of the solution, especially at his price, that’s for sure.

  25. Seahawks2620 says:

    Duke- Alright, thanks. Although I imagine we intend on making at least one more move at guard, I actually like who we currently have on the roster. Jeanpierre turned out to be more than serviceable at more than one position in my opinion, and McQuistan did pretty well too.

  26. Dukeshire says:

    It’s not a huge risk aside from the fact they new to find a long term solution at the position. Cap wise it may be ideal. But I’d Flynn signs at whatever price, he needs to solidify the position or they’re right back where they started. That’s a big risk, in my eyes.

  27. How excited would we be if we signed Flynn, Hutch, and Jason Jones in the next few days? I can’t think of a better scenario at this time, especially if we can get Flynn for a contract like Stevo stated.

  28. GeorgiaHawk says:


    Hutch, Flynn & DeCastro is the FO plan? i like that!!!!

    I like that plan too!

    The defense did enough last year to make us a superbowl contending team. It was the offense that failed us. However most of what I have been hearing the last two months is that our greatest needs are on the defensive end! Hog wash!!!!

    Didn’t New England just make it to the Superbowl with the worst defense in the NFL?
    Didn’t the Packers make it to the NFC championship game with the second worst defense in the NFL?
    Sure, we all would like to see a stud pass rusher on this team, however I would much rather see us invest in improving the offense this year over the defense!

    So sign Hutch, sign Flynn, and draft DeCastro! Then keep building the defense in the later rounds!

  29. Dukeshire says:

    Jeanpierre was an awesome surprise. Really like him. Moffitt will be back (love him…). And we know they are pursuing at least another. Guard is fine.

  30. I’d be surprised if Flynn signs with the Seahawks for more than $5-6m a year over 2-3 years, especially given how soft the market is.

    And if Joe Philbin doesn’t go after Flynn with a big money deal after Manning rejects them, it would send up huge red flags. Miami is a team desperate to make a QB splash and Joe Philbin coached Flynn for the past several years.

  31. Seahawks2620 says:

    Duke- It’s funny reading your comments as of late, due to knowing that you are so well spoken. That iphone must be a pain in the ass.

  32. maddog12 says:

    If Hutch can still play close to his past level he makes sense.

  33. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I can attest to that Seahawk2620- Being over 50 and using an iphone is one of the greatest challenges of my life!

  34. Dukeshire says:

    2620 – Killing me! Lapper is on the fritz. Ugh!!!

  35. Seahawks2620 says:

    GeorgiaHawk- Haha. I have been left in the dust, still using my well uhhhh, not so smart phone. haha

  36. Seahawks2620 says:

    Duke- Haha! My wife wants for me to try it out, which I imagine i will have to succumb to at some point, seeing as how Iphones are taking over. haha She of course has one.

  37. Palerydr says:

    I think Duke is BigMike in cognito…. J/K!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Seahawks2620 says:

    Too bad we don’t have the luxury of having the flexibility to sign Mike Wallace. As Pete Carroll would say, he is a “touch down maker”, at least more so than any other receiver currently on the roster.

  39. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I have this gut feeling that Manning will sign with Tennessee.

    He played in Knoxville ( three hours away from Nashville ) in his College days.
    His wife is from Memphis. Eli’s wife is from Nashville. And Munchak played with his father in the NFL.
    Plus Nashville is a smaller NFL city.

    And the Titans were 2nd best in the NFL in sacks allowed.

    So where does that leave our favorite Seahawk qb of alltime, Hasselbeck?

  40. Seahawks2620 says:

    “the luxury of having the flexibility”…..does that even make sense? haha

  41. Dukeshire says:

    If Seattle didnt want to re-up Hass last year, why would signing him now be an attractive option for them?

  42. Seahawks2620 says:

    Duke- Exactly, I envision no scenario which would end with Hasselbeck in a Seahawks uniform in 2012. Unless he intends on retiring in 2012, in which case he can sign and then retire, however I doubt that is the case.

  43. Soggybuc says:

    I read that Flynn will be open to signing a short term deal that doesnt break the bank for a team. that would give him a chance to show that he is legit and he can hit the market again in a year or two and land that massive contract.
    I really hope they dont sign Hutch not because I have a grudge but I’d rather see them stockpile younger talent and build for the long term.
    Interesting though. maybe it wasn’t the city or the fans but more the FO and he saw what was going to be a team headed downward sooner than later.

  44. GeorgiaHawk says:

    “If Seattle didnt want to re-up Hass last year, why would signing him now be an attractive option for them?”

    Because they may have learned a valuable lesson that you have to have a good qb to make it to and/or far in the playoffs, and not just a so-called game managing qb that can do well at the College level, however not very well in the NFL.

    But the more important question is why would Hasselbeck want to come back to an organization that was foolish enough to not see him as an attractive option last year, only to change their minds this year?

  45. This is just an opinion I’m throwing out there (I’m trying to keep the Hasselbeck back to Seattle dream alive)…

    Maybe they wanted Matt back when they said he was “priority number one” after last season. However, maybe they wanted him to mentor Jake Locker or Christian Ponder and for Locker/Ponder to take over in ’12.

    Then the lock-out hit and then they realized something:

    Our right side is really going to struggle with the rookies and Locker/Ponder weren’t around for Matt to help mentor. Our QB is going to get killed early and often and we know Matt can’t take that kind of pounding so we need to get someone strong and “mobile” who can take a hit. Also, the ZBS usually takes teams almost half a season historically to find their run game groove when a new coach/system is implemented (w/Cable). That leaves Matt no longer a priority.

    Fast forward a year…

    If they sign Hutch, they are going to have a stacked line, with good/great depth. The QB isn’t going to get pounded anymore. He can also come in and mentor a rookie for a year (like Tannenhill).

    I’d say stranger things have happened (like Hutch coming on a FA visit)…

    Of course, I’d rather have Flynn b/c of the long-term viability potential at the position.

  46. raymaines says:

    I really hope Manning waits around until after the 17th just so we can see Ariz. squirm and gag over their contract with Kolb.

    We all want to upgrade the talent at every position and I totally defer to the SeaHawk brain trust, but I’m not sure Hutch is any better than any other serviceable veteran at this point in his career.

    No to #8, and yes to Jason Jones & Ben Grubbs.

    And why would anybody that’s not a total whore want to go to Buffalo? God bless my cousin Tim and everybody else that lives up there, but Buffalo would be my 32nd choice if the money were anywhere near even. A big fat raspberry to Mario Williams for his apparent sell out.

  47. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I really could see Hasselbeck going to Arizona if Manning signs on with Tennessee.

    As hard as it would be (if he were playing in Arizona ), I will always root for him no matter where he is!
    One of the greatest class acts this organization has ever had!

  48. SeahawkFan12 says:

    BobbyK I’m with you on the Hasselbeck-back-to-Seattle dream. As long as we get the long-term solution plugged in this year or next, I’m cool with whatever, but I’d love to see Hasselbeck back in Seattle!

  49. GeorgiaHawk says:

    raymaines- I was thinking the same thing earlier today. Would love to see Ariz. squirm!
    And Miami too!
    And Denver too!

  50. raymaines says:

    Back to the top: Rick Smith says: “…He [Robert Gallery] played hurt all last year. Finally healthy!!”

    Finally healthy. Good. That means he can’t sue us. Thanks for your pain, see ya, buddy. Have a good life and don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.

    Man, this is a cruel business.

  51. Palerydr says:

    Can’t believe there are some still pining for Hasselbeck Not gonna happen that move just doesn’t make sense.

    Was just reading the Sando NFC West blog man you want to read some posts about people hating on each other give it a look.

  52. LaCanfora says there is nothing imminent with Hutchinson and Seattle. If it doesn’t happen by Noon Thursday, its probably not happening.

  53. The second sentence were my own thoughts on the matter.

  54. I really don’t see us drafting OL with our first pick. I think it would almost be reckless to do so. We’ve invested 3 of 4 of our first day picks on this line already for the past 2 years. We scored an above average starters in Breno and also potentially jean-Pierre. Mcquistan is versatile enough to plug and play and Unger has finally established himself. This line is could be very well already be talented and cohesive moving forward with the signing of some experienced leadership like hutch.

    Theoretically in a rebuilding franchise your first day draftees should be immediate impact players with the exception of QB which is much more delicate of a position. DeCastro as talented as he is would arguably be depth with the signing of Hutch (if you are rooting for both to fall through)

  55. Just can’t see them bringing Hass back, not after the way they evaluated him a year ago, it’s a fun thought nostalgia-wise, but I’d be stunned to see it happen.

    Just saw a report that Manning met for 7 hrs with Tennessee today – I would never have thought going in that they’d be in the running for him, now it’s seeming like he might end up there.

    Fine with the Gallery cut, he wasn’t playing up to that salary. Carroll and Schneider don’t play. We know that much.

  56. Palerydr says:

    With signing McQ and dropping Gallery I wonder if this has anything to do with Flynn? Love McQ not a tremendous talent but sticks his grill in there and battles.

    I asked this before, got no response, What round compensatory pick will we get for Hasselbeck my guess is a 4th.

    Also many have touted Flynn’s smarts can you tell me where this evaluation comes from? Exactly why is this guy so smart? Just askin.

  57. vichawkfan says:

    I’m hesitant to think Hutch’s signing in about to happen based on Gallery’s departure. But I would be stoked if it happened. Tired of hearing it from my Vikes fan buddies about that deal.

  58. Seahawks2620 says:

    They will bring in another guard, whether it be Hutch or not. I just don’t see them being comfortable going into the year with the current crop of players.

  59. Dukeshire says:

    A – I’m certain they already know one needs a good QB to make it to the playoffs. They basically passed on him last season knowing this. Aside from Hass getting injured again, what’s changed? Nothing

    B – Hass has be considered a so-called game manager his entire career. Again, how has that now changed? It hasn’t.

  60. So the Vilings signed Carlson away for 5 and 25. I really liked him as a player. It’s funny Hutch comes in and Carlson signs with the Vikes.

  61. I’m feeling a bit cautious about all this talk of signing 34 year old guards (Hutch) and 36 year old QBs (Hass)… sounds a little like Tim Ruskell-style moves to me. Overpaying for guys past their prime. Those aren’t the kind of moves we’ve seen from Schneider-Carroll.

  62. psoundpowerhouse says:

    Whats up with Moffitt?
    A real burn on Seattle if he’s done
    Siberia gets no love!

  63. Dukeshire says:

    Moffitt will be fine.

  64. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I don’t think Schneider- Carroll will overpay for players past their prime like Ruskell would, however I think it’s important to a teams success to have a few veterans ( glue guys/leaders ) on the team.

  65. GeorgiaHawk says:

    If Tennessee signs Manning will the Seahawks step up and offer draft picks for Locker? I sure hope so!

  66. HawkfaninMT says:

    I would much rather see Grubbs signed than hutch… But unless the brass is confident the Carp will start at LG and be healthy on Day 1, a Guard needs to be signed

  67. I would love the Locker scenario. Have Matt tutor him for one more year since he’s familiar w/the WCO and then let Locker take the keys in ’13. It’d almost be like his rookie year again this year, as he’d be learning a new system, even though he’d be in year 2 in the NFL. However, as much as I’d be okay with this, I don’t think it’ll happen.

  68. GeorgiaHawk says:

    What do you think Locker would be worth? Our first round pick this year and possibly a future 2 or 3?

    I think he’s worth it!

  69. They did use the 8th pick on him last year and we pick 12th this year. I doubt Manning would want to go into a situation with a young QB like him as a back-up and perhaps he’d say he doesn’t want a 1st round 2nd year back-up like him. I know the FO wouldn’t want this, as they drafted Locker. I wouldn’t want it either (being w/o a back-up ready to take the franchise). However, Bud Adams will win out over the FO with respect to this if it means he gets Manning, so you never know. Maybe we could get both QBs for our #12 and perhaps switching spots with them in the 2nd round (we’ve move down but still have a 2nd rounder). I don’t know. It’s all speculation and I’m just throwing it out there.

  70. HawkfaninMT says:

    Nevermind about Grubbs… Just signed with the Saints. CRAP!

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