Andre Gurode on Bears: “It’s an absolute great opportunity”

SHARE Andre Gurode on Bears: “It’s an absolute great opportunity”

Five-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Andre Gurode weighed different options, but he wanted to patiently wait for the right one.

“This is it,” Gurode told the Sun-Times. “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 Tuesday after working him out to fill the loss of starting right guard Lance Louis, who was placed on Injured Reserve after tearing his ACL.

Gurode has 127 NFL starts, mostly with the Dallas Cowboys. But he had offseason surgery on his left knee in 2011 then visited several clubs before signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

He started five games for the Ravens, but he never felt right.

“I wasn’t able to get healthy the way I wanted to,” he said. “I wanted to be tip-top shape and erase any doubts.”

He declined to say which teams he visited, but he spent training camp working out and getting his body “the way it should be.”

Gurode, 33, is comfortable at guard or center.

“I am in shape, and definitely can help,” he said. “I need to learn the offense and, given the right opportunity, a chance to complete.”

The Bears didn’t make any promises, but Gurode is excited to join a playoff caliber team.

Gurode is 6 foot 4, 318 pounds, and he was originally a second-round pick of the Cowboys. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Gurode also was a two-time All-Pro. He’s started at center and guard with distinction.

The Latest
Antonio Romanucci, an attorney for the family of Jack Murray, is conducting a civil investigation of the shooting, focusing on ‘officers’ treatment of a known emotionally distressed person and their use of deescalation tactics.’
The veteran advertising executive is expected to remain in his post through at least February to ensure a transition to his successor.
The fire is under investigation, but the 131-year-old home’s survival could rest with the results of a structural report now being prepared by city building inspectors.
Martell Wiley’s claim came during his second day of testimony at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, where he sparred with defense attorneys who noted there was no evidence he had actually cooperated against Watts.
Eileen O’Neill Burke, a retired Illinois Appellate Court judge and a former Cook County assistant state’s attorney, filed more than 13,000 signatures to run as a Democrat for Cook County state’s attorney — the last day candidates had to file petitions for the March primary.