Seattle Expected To Trade Galloway
Jan. 13, 2000
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) _ Joey Galloway wants to play for the Seattle Seahawks again because he believes they have a chance to win a Super Bowl under Mike Holmgren.
He also knows he's likely to be traded because of his bitter 101-day contract holdout that didn't turn out to be such a good idea.
``I think I did everything to try to win,'' the Seahawks wide receiver said Wednesday. ``I hope I did not cause a problem for my teammates.''
Without Galloway, the Seahawks got off to a 6-2 start. With Galloway, they finished 3-6.
He said he hopes his contract stalemate with Holmgren, Seattle's coach and general manager, didn't hurt the Seahawks on the field.
``I really hope that was not the case,'' he said. ``Whether it was or not, we can never say.''
Galloway's distinguished career with the Seahawks might have ended last Sunday when Seattle lost to Miami 20-17 in the opening round of the playoffs. Galloway wasn't a factor in that game, catching one pass for 22 yards.
He wasn't a factor for most of the season. After ending his holdout, Galloway made a disappointing contribution to Holmgren's offense, catching 22 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' final eight regular-season games.
In 1998, Galloway had his third 1,000-yard season, making 65 receptions for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Galloway is likely to be declared an unrestricted free agent by the NFL. The Seahawks then are expected to make him their franchise player, which means they will give him a one-year contract with a salary equivalent to the average of the top five highest-paid receivers in the league. Then, they're expected to trade him.
``A player like Joey Galloway isn't going to just say goodbye and walk out the door,'' Holmgren said Monday. ``I'm not going to allow that to happen.''
Galloway, the eighth overall selection by the Seahawks in the 1995 draft, held out this season despite being under contract. He rejected Seattle's offer of a $35 million contract for seven years, an offer Holmgren finally took off the table.
His holdout cost him $837,117.
Galloway said he worked harder than he has ever worked after joining the Seahawks after their Nov. 7 game against Cincinnati. He said he fought to overcome a hamstring injury and a toe injury as well as the flu last week.
``The misperception has been that I haven't worked hard, I didn't want to be here, I didn't play hard,'' Galloway said. ``You guys know coach Holmgren well enough to know that he doesn't put up with that.''
Galloway went to the team's public relations department and asked to speak to the media. He said he avoided the press after his return because he didn't want to be a distraction to his teammates.
``I think it was misconstrued as: I didn't want to be here or I was unhappy or I had a bad attitude,'' Galloway said.
Holmgren met with Galloway on Tuesday as part of the coach's exit meetings with all his players. Galloway said Holmgren gave him no indication what his future would be here.
Last week, Galloway said he asked for and got a special meeting with Holmgren. He said he wanted to make sure Holmgren knew he would do anything he could to help beat the Dolphins. He said he did not complain about being in a role as Derrick Mayes' backup going into the Miami game.
Galloway, 28, said he would never again stage a contract holdout.
``I won't allow it to get to that situation again,'' he said. ``I still don't have any real leverage. I still don't call the shots about where I'll be or whether I'm traded or whether I'm the franchise guy.''