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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.

    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.

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    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.