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Gallery-Cable reunion rumors already have begun

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Following are whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC:

• It didn't take long in Seattle before rumors started cropping up regarding a possible reunion between OG Robert Gallery — the second overall pick in the 2004 draft has been let go by the Raiders — and Tom Cable, who was Gallery's head coach in Oakland before coming to work in Seattle as Pete Carroll's assistant head coach/offensive line coach. "The team could be serious about him (Gallery) — but not at the price he was seeking from the Raiders," a Seahawks source said. "If they could get him, it definitely would help with the needs on the interior spots."

• The odds of burly DE Howard Green returning to the Packers appear to be better than those of fellow DEs Cullen Jenkins and Johnny Jolly, both of whom are free agents. Word is the Packers definitely want to bring back Green, who has another year on his contract at the minimum base salary of $765,000.

• Would Cardinals star WR Larry Fitzgerald, who we hear wants to be assured of a much better situation under center before agreeing to a new contract, be satisfied enough with free-agent QB Marc Bulger, the Ravens' backup last season, as the new QB in Arizona? "I think Bulger might satisfy Fitz, provided the Cardinals pay him a boatload," one team insider said of the former Rams starter who is considered the front-runner among possible QB candidates via free agency or trade. "He likes (Cardinals head coach Ken) Whisenhunt. But Fitz is a hard guy to read. He knows how to turn on the charm and answer questions. It's hard to find out what he's really thinking."

• We hear Packers ILB A.J. Hawk's new five-year deal will be worth somewhere between $6 million and $7 million per year, with guaranteed money in the $10 million range. Word is Hawk is also expected not to be fully recovered from the surgery he had on his right wrist in February until training camp.

• DT Peria Jerry and CB Chris Owens each have taken their share of criticism from Falcons fans for not developing as quickly as some would have liked them to, but they're getting vocal support from head coach Mike Smith. Some suggested Atlanta should find a new nickel back in the offseason after Owens had a poor showing against the Packers in the playoffs. There are strong indications, however, that Owens' job is safe.

• Our Rams sources tell us it's looking more likely that new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is leaning toward also serving as the team's QB coach. "I think Spags (Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo) is working his way through that," Rams GM Billy Devaney said when asked about the Rams' QB coach situation at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "I just think he's taking the approach, if he gets one, he gets one. If not, Josh is more than capable of taking care of it."

• We hear 49ers veteran OT Barry Sims might find it difficult to make the team if the team finds a veteran upgrade.

• New Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh said at the NFL Scouting Combine that there would be no hostility between himself and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, with whom he frequently crossed paths when Carroll was the USC head coach. "No hostility," Harbaugh said. "You know, we coached against each other in college, and I anticipate that it will be competitive as we go forward playing each other twice a year. But I have genuine respect for the job that he does — like all the rest of the coaches in the National Football League. … But we want to beat (Seattle)."

• There are some in Seattle saying that free-agent PK Olindo Mare, who turns 38 in June and is a Florida native, might be looking to play closer to home.

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