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GALLERY SIGNS DEAL IN TIME FOR CAMP

Shortly after the top pick in the NFL draft, Eli Manning, signed his contract, the second pick also came to terms.

Robert Gallery, the tackle around whom Oakland hopes to build an offensive line, saw the importance of coming to terms with the Raiders.

"I had to be here on the first day," said the No. 2 overall selection, who signed his contract Thursday, just in time for opening workouts today.

A source familiar with negotiations, who requested anonymity, said Gallery will get as much as $18.5 million in guaranteed money and $60 million over the life of his seven-year deal. The Raiders didn't release details of the contract and wouldn't confirm salary figures.

Gallery was in awe of his new deal.

"Signing your name under those numbers kind of took my breath away," he said. "I've had more debt than I've had transactions in my favor."

Gallery and Manning were the headliners on a day when many draft choices also signed in time for the opening of their training camps.

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to a six-year deal with running back Julius Jones, their first-round pick from Notre Dame.

In other NFL news, veteran cornerback Dale Carter, expected to be Baltimore's nickel back this season, is out for the year with a blood clot in his lung.

"It's quite serious, very serious to the degree that it was life-threatening. He is on blood thinners and will be for six months," coach Brian Billick said.

Carter, a four-time Pro Bowler, also has been suspended twice for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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