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Patriots announce retirement of Robert Gallery

Steven Senne/associated press

Robert Gallery was a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the Raiders and Seahawks.

The Patriots announced Saturday that 31-year-old offensive lineman Robert Gallery has retired, before he ever played a game with the team.

Gallery, a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the Raiders and Seahawks, had joined New England as a free agent March 21. A first-round draft pick, second overall, by Oakland in 2004 out of Iowa, Gallery had struggled during training camp and was working with the second team.

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Also, the Patriots placed fullback Tony Fiammetta on the exempt/left squad list. Fiammetta, 25, who played with the Panthers from 2009-10 and the Cowboys last season, was signed as a free agent March 30.

The team did bring in a couple of veterans, defensive back Derrick Martin and fullback Kareem Huggins.

The 27-year-old Martin has played six seasons, with the Ravens, Packers, and Giants, facing the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Huggins, 26, played in six games with the Buccaneers from 2009-10 but was out of football last season.

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