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Robert Gallery shockingly announces retirement with Patriots

Robert Gallery never quite lived up to the very high expectations he had when he was selected with the second overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft but he was certainly a quality offensive lineman during the eight years he played.

Robert Gallery made a shocking announcement on Saturday; one saying that he is retiring from football after only eight seasons in the league.

It was not even five months ago that Gallery signed with the New England Patriots and with left guard Logan Mankins recovering from ACL surgery and right guard Brian Waters holding out he was expected to be a starter for the defending AFC Champions. That, however, will not happen and the Patriots will have to reassess their offensive lineman to pick their starters.

The 32-year-old Gallary came into the NFL as one of the top offensive line prospects to come out in a while after back-to-back first-team All-Big Ten seasons, a unanimous All-American selection, and an Outland Trophy, which named the best collegiate offensive lineman. With the second pick in the 2004 draft the Oakland Raiders selected the Iowa left tackle, and was an immediate starter.

As a rookie Gallery started 15 games at right tackle and allowed only three sacks and the next season he started all 16 games at right tackle and allowed only 3.5 sacks. The Raiders finally moved Gallery to left tackle in his third year in the league but the move did not prove to be a successful one and the highly-hyped prospect did not live up to expectations. Gallary played only 10 games that season and allowed 10.5 sacks, which tied for the fourth most in the league despite missing six games.

Gallery was moved to left guard in 2007 after a very poor performance at left tackle and three years later, after the 2010 season, Gallary and the Raiders agreed to part ways.

Last offseason Gallery signed a three-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks but he was released on March 12, 2012 before agreeing to terms with the Patriots five days later.

With Gallery retiring, Mankins likely to remain on the physically unable to perform list throughout the preseason, and Williams not in camp yet it will likely be Ryan Wendell starting at left guard and Dan Connolly starting at right guard against the New Orleans Saints in the Patriots first preseason game.

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