By Steve Corkran
Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at 1:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.
NAPA — Now that the Raiders made official the signing of offensive lineman Andre Gurode, we’re left figuring out what it means in the long run.
Coach Dennis Allen likely will shed some light on the situation later this afternoon, once the Raiders conclude their second practice. Until then, we’re left to connect the dots.
Given the Raiders had 20 or so people watching Gurode’s workout yesterday, it’s likely they view Gurode as more than a player that can provide depth and experience.
So, let’s go over the scenarios:
1. The Raiders aren’t sold on Lucas Nix and Tony Bergstrom as candidates for the left guard spot created by the departure of veteran Cooper Carlisle.
Nix and Bergstrom have yet to start a game at left guard in the NFL, though Bergstrom made one start at right guard late last season.
If this scenario holds true, the Raiders now have the option of taking a look at Gurode at left guard — he played guard for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011 — or moving Stefen Wisniewski from center back to left guard, where he played his rookie season.
2. The Raiders think Wisniewski is a better left guard than center. If so, this makes the Gurode signing a no-brainer, given the Raiders lack another proven center on their roster. Oh, and Gurode is a five-time Pro Bowler.
Remember, current Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano was with Gurode from 2003-07, when both were with the Dallas Cowboys. So, there’s no guessing as to what Gurode can do at center.
3. The Raiders aren’t sure whether Mike Brisiel is going to be much better, if any, than he was at right guard last season. Having Gurode on the roster gives the Raiders another viable option for a right guard.
Time will tell, of course. Or, perhaps Gurode and/or Allen will tell today after practice, when the media get their first shot at finding out what’s behind the Gurode signing.