LONDON — Tomorrow’s game between the Patriots and Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium would have represented a reunion under the flag of the Union Jack for Joey Galloway and his former teammates in Tampa Bay if Galloway were still a Patriot.
The Patriots cut Galloway on Tuesday, after he had been a game day inactive three straight times. His brief Patriots career ended with a total of seven catches for 67 yards and no touchdowns.
Galloway’s former teammates in Tampa Bay, where he spent the previous five seasons and led the Bucs in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns each season from 2005-07, posting three straight 1,000-yard seasons, expressed surprise today that things didn’t work out for the 37-year receiver in New England.
“Joey is kind of immortal. It seems like he never slows down. He just finds a way to survive,” said Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber, during the team’s media access at the Intercontinental Hotel.
“I was actually shocked. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him since they let him go. I don’t know what was going on in their locker room or in their personnel decision-making room, but he’s not there. I was kind of looking forward to playing against him to be honest with you.”
Tampa Bay running back Cadillac Williams was even more surprised than Barber about Galloway flaming out in Foxborough.
“Oh yeah, man, I was,” said Williams, demonstratively. “I actually talked to the guy back and forth. We texted in the last week or so. When I heard I was like, ‘wow.’ I was kind of surprised because that guy still has a lot of good years in him. He’s a heck of a football player. For whatever reason it just didn’t work out.”
Today was the Buccaneers scheduled media access in London. The team left for London on Friday.
The Patriots do not have scheduled media access today.