December 24, 2011; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens center Andre Gurode (65) prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at M

Oakland Raiders Sign Former All-Pro Center Andre Gurode

The Oakland Raiders have added an offensive lineman to their roster, signing veteran center Andre Gurode on Friday, the team announced.

A 10-year veteran at center, Gurode is a five-time Pro Bowler and made the All-Pro team in two seasons. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, Gurode was a Pro Bowler each year from 2006-2010 and was selected to the All-Pro team in 2007 and 2009.

However, a knee injury led to his release in 2011, and he played briefly for the Baltimore Ravens. Since the 2011 season, Gurode has not seen any action during an NFL game.

After releasing Travis Goethel and Coye Francies, the Raiders have a few spots to fill on their roster.

They also reportedly have interest in offensive lineman Travelle Wharton.

Bill Williamson of ESPN reports that the Raiders’ interest in Wharton is “high,” but they may not be able to offer him as much money as other teams, and Wharton is looking to take the best offer at this point.

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Perhaps a mini-controversy brewed in Napa for a few days, when Tracy Porter tweeted out that his No. 24 jersey number was “taken” from him and given to fellow newcomer Charles Woodson.

Today, both Woodson and head coach Dennis Allen addressed “Jerseygate.”

“It was a big deal,” said Woodson. “I got the jersey back in large part because of the fans. Big thank you to the fans for that.”

“Tracy and I have talked about it,” Allen remarked, playing down the so-called controversy. “At the end of the day, we’re ready to move on to football. That’s the least of our challenges right now.”

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