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Offensive lineman Andre Gurode made the Pro Bowl five straight years (2006-2010) with the Dallas Cowboys. (AP)
NAPA – The Raiders signed interior offensive lineman Andre Gurode to a one-year contract on Friday evening. The five-time Pro Bowler auditioned for Raiders brass, a group that included general manager Reggie McKenzie, head coach Dennis Allen and several members of the personnel department, after the team’s morning practice.
The 34-year old gives the Raiders experience and options on the interior line. He’s played guard and center during an NFL career that began in 2002 and includes 151 games and 127 starts.
Gurode’s best years came playing center with the Dallas Cowboys, including a stretch of five-straight Pro Bowl seasons (2006-2010).
His career has slowed. He didn’t play a game in 2012, although he was under contract with Chicago near season’s end.
Stefen Wisniewski is established at center, but the Raiders could use competition at both guard positions. Alex Parsons is currently the reserve center.
The Raiders now have 88 players on their 90-man training-camp roster.