When you are looking for a job, sometimes you have to make the call. That is exactly what former All-Pro center and current free agent, Andre Gurode has done as he has apparently calleded the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins are short a center after losing Mike Pouncey to labrum surgery due to a hip injury he suffered in mini-camp. The Dolphins are looking internally at 2nd year center/guard Sam Brenner or veteran Nate Garner stand in line to take over. Pouncey will miss up to three months as he recovers.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported a short time ago that Gurode is interested in playing for the Dolphins but that the Dolphins haven’t called Gurode back. Gurode is 35 years old and while once a top NFL center for the Dallas Cowboys, has bounced around from the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. Starting only nine games over the last three years including his final year with the Cowboys.
Still, the Dolphins might want to take a look at Gurode rather than rely on a second year player and Garner who is capable of playing center but has been a back-up his entire career. Besides the Dolphins will only be without Pouncey for four or five games if his recovery goes as planned.
Barry states that the Dolphins have been looking at the free agent market so they are at least recognizing the need to add another center. The list however isn’t very impressive this late in the off-season. Dan Koppen, Fernando Velasco, Brad Meester, Ryan Cook and David Baas are all still available as is former Miami Dolphins center Samson Satele.