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Cowboys Release Pro Bowler Andre Gurode

Posted By David Willow On Aug 29 2011 @ 3:35 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

If you were watching the Cowboys’ last preseason game, then you likely heard that the team had pulled Andre Gurode from the game at the last minute due to the need for a contract renegotiation. Today Jason Garrett announced earlier today that the team would be releasing the 5 time Pro Bowl center in a effort to save money against the cap, and also due to training camp battles.

Well, I agree with the money saving aspect of the move, however, the idea that Gurode was being beat out by a second year undrafted Phil Costa, especially after suffering a knee injury that will keep him out through the beginning of the season, or that the rookie Kevin Kowalski is a better play is very questionable. It’s obvious that Garrett, who had to take an extra 15 minutes to get ready for his press conference when news of Gurodes release got to him, was placating the release of the incumbent center to the media. That certainly isn’t a knock on Garrett for saying Gurode was outplayed because there was not much else that he could say in the wake of the release.

This move leaves the offensive line very young and very inexperienced. The Cowboys may look to sign a veteran O-lineman here soon to help out as the only truly experienced players protecting Tony Romo will be Doug Free and Kyle Kosier (Montrae Holland if he plays). With a shortened off-season and the beginning of the season, against a monster defense with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets, on the horizon this is a bad time for the Cowboys to have to lose a player of Gurode’s caliber. Though the youth on the line has looked fairly good throughout the preseason, they will be hard pressed to match up against the Eagles and Giants pass rushes and stay competitive within the division.

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