Offensive lineman Robert Gallery has retired from football before playing a game with the New England Patriots.
The Patriots announced Saturday that the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders in 2004 is calling it a career after eight seasons.
Gallery, 31, joined the Patriots as a free agent in March. He played one season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 after signing a three-year, $15 million contract before he was released in the offseason.
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Gallery reportedly was struggling in camp to land a roster spot.
The former Outland Trophy winner from Iowa finishes his career having played in 104 games and starting 103 as tackle and guard but never lived up to the hype of his draft status. Many thought he would be a Pro Bowl left tackle.
In other moves Saturday, the Patriots signed veteran defensive back Derrick Martin and fullback Kareem Huggins and designated fullback Tony Fiametta as exempt/left squad.
Martin, 27, is a six-year veteran who has played for Baltimore, Green Bay and the New York Giants.
Huggins, 26, was with Tampa Bay from 2009 to 2010 but was out of football last season.