After Andre Gurode was cut by the Cowboys last week, it was only a matter of time before some other team decided to scoop him up, and lo and behold, it seems the Baltimore Ravens just can't get enough of morbidly out-of-shape offensive lineman who ate too much during the lockout:
Less than a week after the Cowboys parted ways with Andre Gurode, the Baltimore Ravens announced they've agreed to a one-year contract with the five-time Pro Bowl center.
Teamed with Bryant McKinnie, the Ravens now possess two former Pro Bowlers who probably aren't that good anymore. For their part, the Cowboys have also made an offensive line move of their own, cutting tackle Sam Young and adding veteran guard Derrick Dockery:
Dockery, who turns 31 on Wednesday, was cut last week by Washington in part because he did not fit in Mike Shanahan’s scheme and had a $3.82 million salary. The eight-year vet fell out of favor last year and was inactive for 11 of the Redskins’ final 12 games.
ESPN says Dockery will serve as a backup to rookie Bill Nagy. You can take that news two ways. One: You can be comforted by the fact that the Cowboys added depth. Two: You can be alarmed that the Cowboys found it necessary to bring in Dockery just in case Nagy turns out to be terrible.
Dockery is interesting because he came to Washington as a big-ticket free agent with the Bills, then fell so far that he couldn't even get a starting job on the Skins' offensive line last year, which was a hilariously bad o-line. Either Dockery was horrible in DC, or Mike Shanahan really, really, really disliked him (never underestimate Shanny's pettiness).
Cutting Gurode and bringing in Dockery means the Cowboys have essentially swapped out veterans to save cap money. We'll see if Tony Romo's collarbone is happy with that decision a few months from now.
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