Gallery signs

The Oakland Raiders need not worry about offensive tackle Robert Gallery, whom the team selected as the second overall player in this year's draft from the University of Iowa, being in training camp from the start.

The Oakland Raiders, who open training camp in Napa, CA, on Friday, and Gallery finalized the deal Thursday. The Raiders did not release the details of the contract but it could pay as much as $18 million dollars in guaranteed money and $60 million dollars over seven years.

Gallery spoke to reporters via the conference call Thursday from Oakland and was scheduled to arrive in Napa at some point in the evening.

It was very important," Gallery said of being in camp on Day One. "I felt that for me to come in and do the things I want to do, I need to be in camp on Day One. I'm excited to be a part of this organization. The opportunity to play under coach turner is something I'm looking forward to."

The Raiders have not named Gallery their starting left tackle yet but that scenario is likely to take place sooner rather than later. Sixth-year veteran Barry Sims has started there since the 2000 season and could slide inside to guard. The 23-year old Gallery was the Outland Trophy recipient in 2003, was voted unanimously to the All-American and all-Big 10 teams, and also garnered all-academic honors in his conference.

"That's what sports are about – competition," Gallery said. "I look forward to it. Barry is a great player. He's been in the league a lot of years. He's got a lot of experience. I'm a competitor. I don't like sitting on the sideline. I'm going to do everything in my power to do the things that give me the best shot to get on the field. I put pressure on myself to come in and be a starter. I feel that more than anything else."

Gallery is one of four Raider draft picks that have signed contracts. Tight end Courtney Anderson (seventh round, San Jose state), wide receiver Johnnie Moorant (fifth round, Syracuse) and Carlos Francis (fourth round, Texas Tech) are the others. Francis and Moorant signed Thursday while Oakland inked Anderson July 9.

"I'm extremely excited to be a part of this organization," Francis said. "It's a starting point in my life as an Oakland Raider."

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