The New England Patriots have some issues with their interior offensive line, specifically at right guard. The depth is lacking and starter Dan Connolly is nursing a leg injury. As I mentioned in my final roster projection, the Patriots would likely be scouring the waiver wire and trade market for help at various positions, among them being the offensive line. I also stated that I didn’t expect the Pats to enter the regular season with the current roster of offensive linemen and that they would likely be seeking outside help.
It appears that help may come in the form of former Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode.
Gurode is set to visit with the Patriots, as originally reported by Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. Gurode was unexpectedly cut by Dallas after he was recovering offseason leg surgery and due $5.5 million. While he was a center in Dallas, he can play guard and would be a huge boost (both literally and figuratively) to the Patriots’ offensive line. He is listed on NFL.com at 6-4, 334. The addition of Gurode to the offensive line would translate to three former Pro Bowlers protecting Tom Brady and opening holes for the running backs: Matt Light, Logan Mankins, and Andre Gurode.
The Pats are likely to inquire on Gurode’s recovery from leg surgery during the visit. If he’s cleared to play, the Pats may not want to let him get out of Foxboro. There are several teams interested in his services, so the Pats should lock him up and not let him drive his price up, if he’s ready to play.
And if you have a good memory, then let me answer that question bouncing around inside your head: Yes, Andre Gurode is the guy that Albert Haynesworth stomped on way back when. You can see that HERE. It should be an interesting conversation if he’s signed.