In yet another acquisition where the Ravens bring in a proven veteran player, the team has signed former Cowboys center Andre Gurode to a one-year deal.
Gurode, who has made the last five Pro Bowls with Dallas, was cut by the ‘Boyz on Saturday. While early reports suggested that the Patriots would snap up Gurode’s services, Ozzie Newsome and Co. were able to make Gurode the newest player to don the black and purple. At 33 years old, the Colorado alum enters his 10th NFL season.
This move seems to be another “Classic Ozzie” signing. The Cowboys chose to get rid of Gurode because of his high price tag and age, and the Ravens presumably signed the perennial Pro Bowler for a low price. With Matt Birk’s health likely to remain a question mark for the entire season, Gurode represents a reliable option at a position where the Ravens needed some help. This signing adds to the acquisitions of Lee Evans, Bernard Pollard, and Vonta Leach this offseason which were needed, and already look to be paying dividends for the Ravens, judging by the preseason.
I expect the Ravens to be done making moves in free agency with this signing. Not only is the team pretty well off in terms of talent at every position, but they’re also probably out of cap space.
Look for a post tomorrow with a preview of the Ravens’ depth charts going into the season opener against Pittsburgh.
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