Agent: Cowboys Release Center Andre Gurode

Five-Time Pro Bowl Center

After whiffing on the opportunity to restructure Andre Gurode’s deal during the past 48 hours, the Dallas Cowboys have opted to cut the five-time Pro Bowl center.

Agent Kennard McGuire verified the decision in an email to The Associated Press on Monday.

Gurode, a second-round draft choice in 2002, had been the longest-tenured player of “America’s Team.”  He was slated to earn $5.5 million in 2011 and was inked through 2012.  He started 122 contests in his nine campaigns and turned into a Pro Bowler after switching from guard to center in 2006.

Gurode, 32, had a rough beginning to training camp because of a knee surgery in June, which allowed his replacement, Phil Costa, to get the first-team reps for the first two-plus weeks of training camp.  Even after Gurode came back, Costa stayed with the No.1 team offense.

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