Bears sign five-time Pro Bowl lineman Andre Gurode
BY SEAN JENSEN firstname.lastname@example.org November 27, 2012 8:08PM
Updated: December 29, 2012 6:32AM
Andre Gurode will arrive at Halas Hall on Wednesday as the Bears’ most decorated offensive player.
But the five-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection isn’t looking for any preferential treatment.
“They didn’t promise me anything. I’m just supposed to come in and do what I can to add to an already complete team that has a lot of great athletes,” Gurode said. “There are a lot of guys that are on that team that I’ve played in the Pro Bowls with and a lot of guys I’ve watched as a fan.
“I’m not saying I’m going to command anything because I’m just going to do whatever I can help.”
Gurode bided his time, waiting for the right opportunity.
“This is it,” Gurode said, declining to name what other teams had worked him out or looked into signing him. “It’s an absolute great opportunity to come into a great organization with so much history, and a team doing well, and be able to help out when they need it.”
The Bears signed Gurode on Tuesday after a workout. There’s a gaping hole on the offensive line after starting right guard Lance Louis was put on injured reserve Monday after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Gurode, 33, has 127 NFL starts, mostly with the Dallas Cowboys. He had offseason surgery on his left knee in 2011, then visited several clubs before signing with the Baltimore Ravens. Gurode, who is comfortable at guard and center, started five games for the Ravens but never felt right.
“I wasn’t able to get healthy the way I wanted to,” he said. “I wanted to be in tip-top shape and erase any doubts. I am in shape and definitely can help.”