With Steve Hutchinson in town, and James Carpenter potentially on the PUP list to begin next year, the writing was on the wall that the Seahawks were looking to upgrade their guard position, and the guy who was going to lose his job was Robert Gallery. Robert Gallery has been released by the Seahawks.
This of course doesn’t mean that Hutchinson will be making a return to the Seahawks. He is 35 years old and may be looking for a championship that has eluded him to this point, and while Seattle may be closer to playoff contention than in the past couple of years, they probably won’t be winning a championship any time soon. However, the exit of Gallery is a bit of a shock, as he’d played only one year in Seattle, and was the most experienced player in Tom Cable’s zone-blocking scheme.
Gallery began last year hurt missing four of the team’s first five games, but started 12 games and was healthy for basically all of Marshawn Lynch’s tear at the end of the season. By cutting Gallery the team saves upwards of $5 million, and if they’re able to sign Hutchinson at a lower price they’ll have made a net gain, while arguably upgrading the position, and freeing up space for a big free agent like Matt Flynn or Mario Williams.