Ravens agree to terms with center Andre Gurode (updated)

Needing to improve depth to the interior of their offensive line, the Ravens went out and got themselves a five-time Pro Bowler.

The team announced it has agreed to terms with former Cowboys center Andre Gurode on a one-year deal, pending a physical. The deal could be worth up to $3 million, according to ESPN.

"We just got better as a team," general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "To have a successful season, you have to have quality depth across the board. We just added great depth to the interior of our offensive line with Andre."

Gurode, 32, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Cowboys. He was released by Dallas last week.

The former second-round pick has been named to the Pro Bowl each of the last five seasons.

With starting center Matt Birk coming back from knee surgery, the Ravens needed to add an insurance option at the position. Gurode underwent recent knee surgery himself (he had right knee surgery this offseason), but if healthy, he gives the Ravens a quality presence on the interior.

In the last two weeks, the Ravens have signed a veteran left tackle who technically made a Pro Bowl in 2009 in Bryant McKinnie, and now an elite center in Gurode.

Gurode could slide in and start on Sunday if Birk is unable to play in the Ravens' regular season opener against the Steelers, although that would create a different look to a seemingly ever-changing Baltimore offensive line.

McKinnie has had very little time to get comfortable in the Ravens' system since signing a week and a half ago, Michael Oher is now back at a right tackle position he hasn't played since 2009, and both Birk and right guard Marshal Yanda have gotten minimal practice time during training camp because of injuries.

If Gurode is needed to start against Pittsburgh, he will do so with less than a week of practice time under his belt.

One final note: even after signing Gurode, the Ravens will not need to make a cut to get down to the 53-man roster limit. With wide receiver David Reed going on the reserve/suspended list this week, the Ravens will have an extra roster spot at their disposal.

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