Sunday, September 4, 2011
Thoughts on Ravens, C Andre Gurode
By James Walker
The Baltimore Ravens added a Pro Bowler to their offensive line on Sunday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Ravens agreed to terms with Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode to a one-year deal.
Here are some thoughts on the move:
- I like that the Ravens haven't been afraid to patch holes on their roster. Baltimore recently traded for receiver Lee Evans, signed left tackle Bryant McKinnie, and just solidified the center spot with Gurode. These were three big question marks on the team several weeks ago. That is no longer the case.
- What does this mean for veteran center Matt Birk? He's coming off knee surgery. This could be a sign the Ravens aren't confident in Birk heading into the Steelers game. Gurode has been a starter most of his career and will be the starter in Baltimore. It's just a matter of how quickly Gurode can pick up the offense with just one week of practice.
- I keep harping on the point that defensive lineman Haloti Ngata still has the franchise tag. The Ravens could add a couple more solid players if they reach a long-term agreement with Ngata. An extension was expected weeks ago, but talks clearly have been more difficult than expected.