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WR Joey Galloway (Official Thread)


I give up. This board is too hard to understand.
Thursday, March 18, 2004

By Len Pasquarelli

Their names are arguably larger than their current talent levels, but wide receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Joey Galloway are about to switch teams in a trade rumored for weeks, and now absent any roadblocks.

The final hurdle was cleared on Thursday when Galloway agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The nine-year veteran, who averaged just 37.8 receptions in his four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, can earn an additional $600,000 in incentives.

Galloway, who told ESPN Radio Thursday night that he had not yet signed the deal, feels the trade will benefit both players.

"Honestly, Keyshawn fits better in the system they run in Dallas," he told ESPN Radio. "I don't think that's anything personal against me. He fits better he's played for [Dallas head coach Bill] Parcells before. They know each other and understand each other. if it works out in Tampa with me, that's a great fit for me, and I'm excited to have a chance to start over somewhere."

Two weeks ago, Johnson, who was deactivated by the Bucs for the final six contests of the 2003 season, reached an agreement in principle with Dallas officials. He will sign a four-year contract believed to be worth $20 million, including a signing bonus of $4 million. Some league sources have insisted the deal is heavily backloaded, with about $9 million of the total coming in the final season.

Johnson had four seasons remaining on his contract with the Bucs with a scheduled base salary of $5 million for 2004. He was also due a $1 million roster bonus. Galloway's contract with the Cowboys, signed in 2000, had three years left; he was due a base salary of $6.31 million.

Both veterans carried salary-cap charges of over $8 million for 2004.

Because of the paperwork involved, and the technicality of having each player sign his new contract with his former franchise, the trade will not be formalized before Friday at the earliest. The Cowboys don't expect to introduce Johnson to the local media before Monday. But sources from both clubs acknowledged on Thursday night there are no stumbling blocks now to completing a trade ostensibly agreed to weeks ago.

The deal was delayed when Galloway balked at Tampa Bay's offer of a one-year contract worth $1.25 million.

It remains to be seen, beyond the salary-cap relief each club will realize, how beneficial the trade really is for the Bucs and the Cowboys. While it would be an overstatement to suggest Johnson and Galloway are in decline, neither player is considered to be an upper-echelon wide receiver at this juncture of their respective careers. In essence, the trade is one of convenience as much as anything else.

That said, Johnson, who played for the New York Jets when Parcells was head coach there, should bring Dallas a possession component it did not have in its wide receiver corps. The team's top three wideouts in 2003 -- Galloway, Terry Glenn and Antonio Bryant -- are more vertical players. Johnson is still somewhat effective in the medium-range zones and could be a comforting ball-control target for Quincy Carter.

In eight seasons, Johnson, 31, has 603 receptions for 7,936 yards and 48 touchdowns. The first overall player chosen in the 1996 draft, he spent four seasons with the Jets before being traded to Tampa Bay for a pair of first-round picks in the 2000 draft. The former Southern California standout has played in 119 games, starting all but three.

As a disciplinary measure, following some off-field run-ins with coach Jon Gruden, the Bucs essentially exiled him for the final six games in 2002.

Galloway, 32, was the Seattle Seahawks' first-round choice in 1995, and moved to the Cowboys in an historic deal in 2000. Although he was designated a "franchise" player at the time, the Cowboys signed him to a seven-year, $42 million contract and, every bit as significant, compensated the Seahawks with a pair of first-round choices.

But the speedy Galloway suffered a season-ending knee injury in his first year with the Cowboys, and that augured what, in hindsight, proved a disastrous trade. Even during his three healthy seasons in Dallas, he averaged just 49 receptions, 760 yards and 3.7 scores.

In 119 career appearances, including 113 starts, Galloway has 434 receptions, 6,798 yards and 49 touchdowns.
Galloway out 6 weeks with injury


Bucs WR Galloway to miss up to six weeks

NFL.com wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2004) -- Tampa Bay's already thin receiving corps was further depleted when the team learned Joey Galloway will miss four to six weeks after aggravating a groin injury.

Coach Jon Gruden said the oft-injured 10th-year pro, obtained in an offseason trade from the Dallas Cowboys, has a tear in his left groin that is more serious than the Bucs originally anticipated.

Galloway missed most of the preseason with a sore groin and aggravated the injury in the first half of a 16-10 loss to the Washington Redskins. He came up limping turning to try catch a pass that glanced off his hands in the end zone, costing the Bucs a touchdown.

"I can't say it didn't completely heal or was completely healed, but he was cleared to play and practiced well," Gruden said. "He just made a slight turn for a ball and aggravated it on the way down. It's just unfortunate. We're going to miss him."

The loss is especially damaging because the Bucs also are without last year's leading receiver, Keenan McCardell, who is holding out for a new contract after catching 84 passes for 1,174 yards and eight TDs last season.

The team is also missing Joe Jurevicius, recovering from back surgery after missing most of last season with a knee injury. Charles Lee, who got a chance to play last year when Keyshawn Johnson was shelved because of differences with Gruden, has been slowed by a sore hamstring and did not play against the Redskins.

Galloway was obtained in the trade that sent Johnson to Dallas during the offseason. Still considered one of the fastest players in the NFL, Gruden was counting on his addition to add another dimension to the offense.

Tampa Bay was limited to 169 yards at Washington, including just 30 on the ground. The defense scored the team's only touchdown, and Martin Gramatica's 47-yard field goal was set up by a long kickoff return.

"It was a combination of them playing very good defense and us not taking advantage of some opportunities when they presented themselves. In the end, that was the deciding factor," Gruden said.

Galloway had one catch for no yards and watched the second half of the game from the sideline on crutches.

Rookie Michael Clayton or former Green Bay and Detroit receiver Bill Schroeder will replace Galloway in the starting lineup. Jurevicius is on the reserve non-football injury list and is eligible to return after six games, so Gruden said there are no immediate plans to sign a receiver.

Clayton, the team's first-round draft pick, had seven receptions for 53 yards in his debut. Schroeder, who will assume Galloway's role as the primary punt returner, had two catches for 26 yards.

Galloway had 261 receptions for 4,122 yards and scored 41 touchdowns in his first four pro seasons in Seattle. A contract dispute wiped out half his 1999 season with the Seahawks, and he was a disappointment the past four years in Dallas, including 2000, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in his first game with the Cowboys.

The groin injury is not expected to require surgery.

"As I understand, he will be off his feet for a couple of weeks and then resume his rehab," the coach said. "It is a significant tear ... and we are looking at four to six weeks. It's going to take some time."

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2004, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
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Galloway just Schooled Springs

Joey Galloway gave Springs a little studder, Springs went one way, Galloway went the other, and caught the slant and went into the endzone, i was happy he scored, but i wish it would have been someone besides Springs.

its funny, cuz those are probably the 2 fastest guys on the field today.
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Cadallac has been preety good this year for TB.... if their running game didn't get going Galloway would be having another tough year... I hope he stay heathy... him and Will Allen are the only reasons I can stand TB.
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Joey Galloway gave Springs a little studder, Springs went one way, Galloway went the other, and caught the slant and went into the endzone, i was happy he scored, but i wish it would have been someone besides Springs.

its funny, cuz those are probably the 2 fastest guys on the field today.
yeah there was definitely supposed to be safety help.

and as much as I love the guy, I don't think springs can match moss' speed.
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7-131 for Galloway tonight, including a one-handed catch, and a diving reception.

Simms just made a PERFECT 30 yard TD pass. 279 yards and 3/0 TD:INT. Wow.

35-34 Skins, 1:00 left. Springs blocks XP, but offsides. Bucs go for 2 and Alstott gets it. TB leads by one, nice game.
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Galloway setting right example
Former OSU receiver still successful in Tampa Bay


Michael Lehmkuhle, The Advocate

Former Ohio State and current Tampa Bay receiver Joey Galloway speaks to the Newark Rotary Club on Tuesday. Joey Galloway

On staying focused:

"I've blown out my knees a couple times, and I tore my hamstring in Tampa Bay, but honestly I can never remember having a bad day."

Is he faster than Ted Ginn Jr.?

"That's the thing about us fast guys. We all think we're the fastest guy. I'd like to think that, and I'm sure he does too. I don't know if us fast guys ever get a chance to go head-to-head."

NEWARK -- Former Ohio State standout Joey Galloway slowly walked to the podium before his speech Tuesday.
It was a far cry from the 4.17-second 40-yard dash the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver ran before his rookie year in the NFL.
Galloway shared his thoughts on the importance of family, Ohio State football and playing for fiery Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden at an address to the Newark Rotary Club at The Place Off The Square.
The Bellaire native is preparing for his 12th year in the NFL.
"I usually speak to groups who are too young to remember my days at Ohio State," Galloway joked. "I think I'm safe here."
Galloway, 34, played at Ohio State from 1990-94.
He talked about staying in school for his senior year before moving on to play with Seattle, Dallas and Tampa Bay in the NFL.
The speedy receiver capped off a big season last year for the NFC South champion Buccaneers. He had 83 catches for 1,287 yards, both career highs, and 10 touchdowns. Galloway said the reason for his prolonged success comes from a stable upbringing in Bellaire. His parents are still married, and he never had problems as a child.
"The thing I do is live life correctly," he said. "I don't drink or smoke, never have, and when I talk to kids I let them know that.
"Right now life is wide open. I don't have anything holding me back."
He also tends to be wide open on the field. Rotarian Matt Calhoun, who played with Galloway for three years at Ohio State, introduced his former teammate at the luncheon.
He recalled a story when Galloway scored a touchdown against Purdue while at Ohio State. From Calhoun's vantage point at fullback, he said the separation Galloway created from the defender was almost unbelievable.
"He is the best athlete I have played with on the field, and I've played with a lot of good athletes," Calhoun said. "But I really do mean it when I say he's as smart as he is fast."
Galloway is getting ready for the upcoming season with the Buccaneers, but that hasn't stopped him from planning for life after football.
He owns a landscaping company in Dublin, which he plans on running full time when his playing days are over.
As for a possible career in coaching, Galloway isn't so sure. He delivered a message from Gruden, an Ohio native and Muskingum College graduate, to the Rotarians which said, "Tell them they're crazy for not moving to Florida like I did."
Galloway has learned the demands of coaching from watching Gruden in Tampa Bay and Bill Parcells in Dallas.
"Coach Gruden will sleep in the building," Galloway said. "I'm not sure that's something I want to do."
For now, however, Galloway has already started his rigorous offseason regimen for the upcoming season, which includes a lot of strength training and conditioning.
Galloway's signature touchdown celebration is flexing his right bicep. He's hoping to do that a couple more times, and not get penalized for it.
"I know a lot of people say 'act like you've been there before' but I don't know if I agree with that," Galloway said. "Two weeks ago I started working toward that first touchdown in September.
"I should be able to do whatever I want. I always say, 'act like that's the last time you're going to get there.'"
Bill Bender can be reached at (740) 328-8558 or [email protected]
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