Andre Gurode Signing Gives Oakland Raiders Options on Offensive Line

July 27, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

According to Scott Blair of CSN California, the Oakland Raiders wrapped up their first day of training camp by signing veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode. Gurode was given the typical Reggie McKenzie one-year deal that many of the general manager's free-agent acquisitions get. 
Throughout his long NFL career, Gurode went to five consecutive Pro Bowls (2006-2010) and has started 127 games since 2002. The downside to signing Gurode is that at his age (34) he is at the end of his career and after not playing at all in 2012, his best days are behind him. 
Despite his age, this is a great signing by McKenzie to add a capable starter to an offensive line with more open spots than penciled-in starters. Oakland has Jared Veldheer at left tackle and Stefen Wisniewski at center. The guard spots and right tackle are wide open for competition, although Gurode won't be competing for the right tackle spot.
Gurode can play both guard spots and he can play center which ope...

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