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As the Rumor Mill Turns: Bengals Enter Robert Gallery Sweepstakes?

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The Cincinnati Bengals have joined in the bidding for Oakland Raiders guard Robert Gallery, according to Yahoo's Jason Cole.

In March, Gallery told the media that he felt it was time to move on.

"With the end of the league year coming today, and the few conversations I've had with the Raiders and Mr. Davis, we've come to a mutual agreement that it's time for me to move on with my career," Gallery said Thursday from his home in the Oakland area. "I appreciate the start that they and Mr. Davis gave me and I truly have enjoyed my time wearing the silver and black. I wish them well, I thank the fans and I take away great memories of my time in Oakland."

Gallery, the second overall pick in the 2004 draft, was reportedly asking for a new deal in the $8 million per year range. Various sources have the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions in the market for Gallery as well.

Spending $8 million a year on a guard would be a departure for the Bengals, to say the least. The team has never placed great value on interior offensive line positions, preferring to put its o-line coin into the tackle positions. Interest in the pricey Gallery could reflect the impact of the new CBA and the amount of spending required for the team to reach the salary floor.

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