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Jones on Gurode: Can’t pay that salary to a backup

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the decision to cut center Andre Gurode was actually quite simple: Phil Costa proved in training camp that he was the best center on the roster, and there was no way Jones would pay $5.5 million to a second-string center.

“You should look at this one based upon the facts as you see them,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “You saw Phil Costa step up and for all practical purposes win the starting job at center. Win it heads up. . . . Then you saw the reality of having a significant salary for a backup player.”

Jones has always been willing to pay big money for players who are going to have a big impact on the Cowboys (or players he thinks are going to have a big impact on the Cowboys), but if Costa was even close to as good as Gurode — let alone better than Gurode — it just made sense to keep him and cut Gurode. Costa makes the league minimum for second-year players of $450,000.

Still, the inexperience of the Cowboys’ line has to be a little concerning for Cowboys fans. But Jones says experience isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

“Let’s keep in mind, the experienced offensive line last year got our quarterback knocked out, or was a big part of getting our quarterback knocked out, early on in the season and that really hurt us,” Jones said.

And now most of the members of last year’s experienced offensive line are gone.

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  1. maddenraiders says: Aug 31, 2011 12:16 PM

    I wish my nuts were as big as Jerry Jones’.

  2. paulnoga says: Aug 31, 2011 12:17 PM

    As the great John Madden said, “you win by having an excellent Offensive line and Defensive backfield”. the Cowboys have neither. The Eagles have O Line and D line problems, The Giants have O line and DB problems, and the redskins just have problems. What the heck, the Redskins could win the Division.

  3. shanehockey28 says: Aug 31, 2011 12:17 PM

    You tell em Jerry my Cowboys are underated and I like it…will they win the Super Bowl doubtful but they will give team fits.

  4. mykelane says: Aug 31, 2011 12:17 PM

    and i thought it was a missed assignment by the FB that got the QB killed…. thanks Skeletor.

  5. hit2hurt says: Aug 31, 2011 12:17 PM

    This youth movement on the offensive line will have no middle ground, it will either turn out to look like sheer GENIUS.. or sheer STUPIDITY!

  6. billinva says: Aug 31, 2011 12:20 PM

    What a jerk.

  7. kingmj4891 says: Aug 31, 2011 12:20 PM

    Jerry Jones looks really old and confused in that picture. But don’t worry Cowgirls fans Undead Al shared with him his magic potion to live for a long time when you should really be dead, it just kills the brain cells that makes a person competent in return, just ask any Raidahs fan.

  8. sprest83 says: Aug 31, 2011 12:21 PM

    The O-line will be way more athletic this year.

  9. flapjackdaddy says: Aug 31, 2011 12:27 PM

    Looks like Jerry had 5 million reasons to appoint Costa the starter.

  10. KIR says: Aug 31, 2011 12:27 PM

    Get old or hurt take a pay cut or your contract is terminated. Outperform your contract…. shut up and play out the remaining years. Sounds fair to me. Chris Johnson, hold out until you’re paid!

  11. kmr52 says: Aug 31, 2011 12:27 PM

    The way I understood it, was he came in over weight, sluggish, and injured. I love Dre but if he was getting out hustled then there it is. Dallas can’t get much worse, so why not blow the line up, it seemed like we paid these guys by the pound. Now we are paying for the youth, young and cheap.

  12. granadafan says: Aug 31, 2011 12:29 PM

    So, if owners aren’t going to pay starter money to backups, why won’t they pay starters who earn backup/rookie money, ie., DeSean Jackson and Costa. Per Jerry’s logic, those two are severely underpaid then.

  13. nflhof says: Aug 31, 2011 12:31 PM

    Why should Jerry pay first string $ to a second string GM. Oh Jerry is the……….nevermind.

  14. ubummer says: Aug 31, 2011 12:31 PM

    If you can’t pay that salary to a backup, how does Jones justify himself getting any money at all for being the GM?

  15. stanmackley says: Aug 31, 2011 12:33 PM

    jerry jones continues to hinder the dallas franchise.

  16. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 31, 2011 12:34 PM

    Its shocking that after all these years folks still question Jerry Jone’s ability to make personnel decisions. It’s as if his team was a perennial also ran with an ongoing drama at every turn.

    Oh wait….never mind!

  17. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 12:36 PM

    They looked good against the Vikes. Kowalski played the entire game at center. I watched him every play and he played well and showed good technique and footwork. If Costa is better than this guy, and apparently he is, the Cowboys will be fine at C. T.Smith is a huge upgrade over Colombo so far. We’ll see if it continues into the season. The biggest question is G Bill Nagy.

  18. depotnator says: Aug 31, 2011 12:37 PM

    “But Jones says experience isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

    Jones never said that. Tony Romo would never say that, either.

  19. krashie21 says: Aug 31, 2011 12:40 PM

    As a Cowboys fan (you can start hating now)…is this part of Jason Garrett’s evolution?

    It would appear that for fans of Big D, we are in the midst of a significant change in the culture in Dallas and I’m hoping that it’s part of Garrett’s emergence.

    Obviously, Garrett isn’t interested in keeping guys based on reputation……he wants guys that will compete no matter if they’re pro-bowl guys or guys drafted in the 7th round. Jason appears to have learned a great deal from Jimmy Johnson.

    I know that everyone outside of Dallas is conditioned to hate and ridicule Jerruh, the Cowboys and all of the crazy personnel decisions, but I get the feeling that………

    …….a “light” has been turned on at Valley Ranch and that a big change is taking place.

    Or, at the very least I hope so……….

  20. promickey says: Aug 31, 2011 12:42 PM

    Well I guess Phil Costa will make the pro bowl this season???

  21. wcman says: Aug 31, 2011 12:43 PM

    He’ll keep saying it until he believs it.

  22. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 12:47 PM

    So, if owners aren’t going to pay starter money to backups, why won’t they pay starters who earn backup/rookie money, ie., DeSean Jackson and Costa. Per Jerry’s logic, those two are severely underpaid then.

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    They are severely underpaid. I’ll qualify that statement. Desean Jackson is definitely underpaid. He’s started a lot of games and is playing on a contract he signed years ago. Costa hasn’t started one game yet and is playing on a contract he signed a year ago. The reason the respective owners aren’t paying them more is that they aren’t contractually obligated to. Just like Jerry Jones wasn’t contractually obligated to pay Andre Gurode all that money to be a backup.

  23. diabloryno says: Aug 31, 2011 12:49 PM

    Why are all the jokes in the comment section so stale and played out?

  24. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 12:51 PM

    If you can’t pay that salary to a backup, how does Jones justify himself getting any money at all for being the GM?

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    He doesn’t get money for being the GM. He gets money for being the owner. You don’t really believe that he takes money from his left pocket and puts it in his right pocket and calls it his “salary”, do you?

  25. makavelidafins says: Aug 31, 2011 12:53 PM

    I’m guessing Gurode coming to the dolphin, because they love picking up the cowgirls garbage.

  26. jnks10 says: Aug 31, 2011 1:04 PM

    paulnoga says:
    Aug 31, 2011 12:17 PM
    As the great John Madden said, “you win by having an excellent Offensive line and Defensive backfield”. the Cowboys have neither. The Eagles have O Line and D line problems, The Giants have O line and DB problems, and the redskins just have problems. What the heck, the Redskins could win the Division.

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    The eagles have D line problems? They just got back their 2 starting DT in Dixon and Patternson with Cullen Jenkins not to mention One of the best DE in football in Trent Cole and Jason babin had 12 sacks last year. If thats having a problem then god help the rest of the league if the eagles figure it out.

  27. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 1:06 PM

    Well I guess Phil Costa will make the pro bowl this season???

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    That would be great though it’s probably too much to ask from an undrafted second year guy. On the other hand it’s not a given that Gurode will make the pro bowl this season, either.

  28. godofwine330 says: Aug 31, 2011 1:10 PM

    Uhhh, Jerry, Didn’t your fullback/tight end Gronkowski’s missed block get your starting QB hurt? If you are going to state that at least state the facts.

  29. fmwarner says: Aug 31, 2011 1:12 PM

    Jerry opened his mouth, and smart things that made sense came out. Credit where credit is due.

  30. doe22us says: Aug 31, 2011 1:15 PM

    Oh k my main concern is where is vox???

  31. cookie2117 says: Aug 31, 2011 1:15 PM

    Did he forget about that horrible start and all the dumbass penalties that cost them alot games

  32. bhindenemylines says: Aug 31, 2011 1:18 PM

    diabloryno says:
    Aug 31, 2011 12:49 PM
    Why are all the jokes in the comment section so stale and played out?

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    Because most Eagle, Giant, and Redskins fans, i.e. “haters”, don’t have the intellectual fortitude to come up with new ones.

    Notice I said “most” and not “all”.

  33. reddskeletor says: Aug 31, 2011 1:19 PM

    How was this guy named to the NFL top 100 players of 2011 list if he was so bad? He was voted higher than Jeff Saturday and only 10 spots below Nick Mangold. Since the players voted, are they stupid?

  34. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 31, 2011 1:21 PM

    Jones can use the money he’s saving to stuff 11 more seats into that stadium of his.

  35. hatesycophants says: Aug 31, 2011 1:28 PM

    What a gigantic tool. Does anyone take Jones seriously?

    @melonnhead,

    You are the least knowledgeable football fan on this site. Enjoy that!

  36. willyalistentothis says: Aug 31, 2011 1:31 PM

    Jerry Jones exudes creep. Andre served his organization well. It’s classless to cut the guy down as he walks out the door. Even if it was true that he was beaten out, nobody needs to know this.

  37. izzylangfan says: Aug 31, 2011 1:34 PM

    He paid Williams, TO, and Pacman until he got tired of them. Way to stockpile talent.

  38. joetoronto says: Aug 31, 2011 1:34 PM

    melonhead has voxitis.

  39. lacharger2112 says: Aug 31, 2011 1:45 PM

    iabloryno says: Aug 31, 2011 12:49 PM

    Why are all the jokes in the comment section so stale and played out?
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    Because it’s about Jerry and the Cowboys, The most stale owner and played out franchise I can think of!

  40. tundey says: Aug 31, 2011 1:52 PM

    So it makes sense to cut a salary rather than pay him. But when a player holds out, it doesn’t?

  41. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 1:53 PM

    How was this guy named to the NFL top 100 players of 2011 list if he was so bad? He was voted higher than Jeff Saturday and only 10 spots below Nick Mangold. Since the players voted, are they stupid?

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    I don’t think they knew he had a bad wheel. I don’t think anybody knew until he showed up at camp and said “guess what, I just had knee surgery”.

  42. zeussuperman says: Aug 31, 2011 1:54 PM

    “Let’s keep in mind, the experienced offensive line last year got our quarterback knocked out, or was a big part of getting our quarterback knocked out, early on in the season and that really hurt us,” Jones said.

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    No, no, no! Jerruh, didn’t you hear the posters on PFT last year? You guys had the best line in the NFC East! A line that was going to take you to the Superbowl!

    …And to all those that doubt Jerry Jones’ health and wellbeing, don’t. The dude’s strong enough to throw 5 300+ pound lineman under the bus in one fell swoop!

  43. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 1:55 PM

    He paid Williams, TO, and Pacman until he got tired of them. Way to stockpile talent.

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    So what? The Eagles paid Kearse, Howard and McNabb until they got tired of them, didn’t they?

  44. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 1:59 PM

    Jerry Jones exudes creep. Andre served his organization well. It’s classless to cut the guy down as he walks out the door. Even if it was true that he was beaten out, nobody needs to know this.

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    How is he cutting him down by saying that he lost his starting job? It’s the truth. Fact is Jones could have kept him and left him on the bench. But that’s more of an Eagles thing.

  45. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 2:00 PM

    You are the least knowledgeable football fan on this site. Enjoy that!

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    I’m ok with that opinion, considering the source.

  46. mayfieldroadboy says: Aug 31, 2011 2:07 PM

    I would love to have Gurode on my team. He has been a pro-bowler multiple seasons.

    Gurode can play center, his natural position, and guard. I hope Jones doesn’t regret allowing this big man to get away. Experienced power is hard to come by.

  47. jacksaysfu says: Aug 31, 2011 2:08 PM

    As a Eagles fan I’ll be the 1st person to admit that our O-line has question marks . We may have a LB issue too , but in what world does our d-line have problems ? We have 2 ends who are both coming off 12 and a half sack years(Cole,Babin) . We have one of the better pash rushing DT’s in the league with Jenkins , Two really good run-stopping tackles (Dixon,Patterson) and great depth (DE’s Parker,Tapp,Graham) (DT’s Hargrove,Laws,Landri) . Landri started every game last year and he might not even make the team , same with Parker (8sacks last year) . Most teams have ? marks and Philly is no exception, but they are strong in alot of places too including CB,QB,WR,RB,DL,TE . Dallas and NY have a shot , but you need to stop smoking if you really think Wash will win the East !!

  48. suckitphilly says: Aug 31, 2011 2:10 PM

    hatesycophants says: Aug 31, 2011 1:28 PM

    What a gigantic tool. Does anyone take Jones seriously?

    @melonnhead,

    You are the least knowledgeable football fan on this site. Enjoy that!

    ____

    at least he is giving football takes, and not just here to cut down other posters.

    you seem to know a lot about catty anonymous insults, hurled like a coward across the internet. enjoy that!

  49. brewdogg says: Aug 31, 2011 2:17 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Aug 31, 2011 12:51 PM
    If you can’t pay that salary to a backup, how does Jones justify himself getting any money at all for being the GM?

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    He doesn’t get money for being the GM. He gets money for being the owner. You don’t really believe that he takes money from his left pocket and puts it in his right pocket and calls it his “salary”, do you?
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    Yes, he does. And every time he does, he says “tax write-off” with that big, doofus grin of his.

  50. highstakes12 says: Aug 31, 2011 2:18 PM

    Gurode was a fairly valuable member of the Cowboys O-Line, however his accomplishments have been pushed out of proportion due to his numerous pro bowl berths which can be attributed to the fact that he is simply just one of the few centers that is well-known and the Cowboys previous offensive success, and no longer due to his actual play.

    Gurode may be seen on the decline but is a serviceable option for center despite coming off of knee surgery at age 32, however he was expendable and pushed out of a starting position whether through his own ineptness or Costa’s actual rise. It’s actually refreshing to see that a player such as Gurode who has obtained such honors as his pro bowl visits can still held honest and forced to work for a position on a team rather than being handed one for previous performances in years past. The position was his too lose and if he didn’t feel like he had to push himself to stay ahead of Costa or anyone else than the team is better off without him. Gurode and the rest of the line had to be on alert after they surrendered the 11th most sacks in the league last year. Gurode should have known this was coming after watching Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo getting cut, that should have been a wake up call to perhaps put some more effort into his attempt to retain his job.

    And he could probably have actually been retained by the Cowboys if he had been willing to take a pay cut, but he chose not to for whatever his reasons may have been. Gurode has the ability (perhaps even the talent?) to be able to switch to a guard position which is certainly a position of need for the Cowboys, however this was all predicated on him taking a pay cut. Gurode can still start for many teams, but he is not worth the price his contract called for. A 32-year-old offensive lineman coming off of arthroscopic knee surgery who also just had a very down year doesn’t exactly translate to being worth $5.5 million this year.

  51. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 31, 2011 2:19 PM

    have none of the Dallas fans seen how many times Gurode sent a shotgun snap sailing over Romo’s head? They should be glad he’s done…

  52. jacksaysfu says: Aug 31, 2011 2:20 PM

    @bhindenemylines: First off anytime there’s a Eagles post a 100 cowboy fans hate on Philly , so suck it up . Secondly , Dallas went 6-10 last year so instead of saying how much the division champion Eagles suck maybe you should blast your own team for your non-movement after your dismal year !

  53. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 2:26 PM

    Yes, he does. And every time he does, he says “tax write-off” with that big, doofus grin of his.

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    Right, because everybody knows that NFL GM salaries are non-taxable personal income as far as the IRS is concerned.

  54. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 31, 2011 2:26 PM

    paulnoga says:Aug 31, 2011 12:17 PM

    As the great John Madden said, “you win by having an excellent Offensive line and Defensive backfield”. the Cowboys have neither. The Eagles have O Line and D line problems, The Giants have O line and DB problems, and the redskins just have problems. What the heck, the Redskins could win the Division.

    Where is the problem on the D-Line? The Eagles have a great D-Line tons of depth at DT and a very good DE rotation!

    Does the O-Line need work yes, but it will get fixed and frankly with Vick we don’t need the typical perfect O-Line that most teams need when the protection breaks down he runs.

    As for the Redskins winning the Division you have to be smoking crack!

  55. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 2:40 PM

    Because it’s about Jerry and the Cowboys, The most stale owner and played out franchise I can think of!

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    Gotta love Chargers fans. Seems its the fans of teams that never won anything that whine the most about the Five Time Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys. Remember when you guys were making fun of the Cowboys for taking Demarcus Ware instead of Shawne Merriman? How’d that work out for ya?

  56. wcdunkenfield says: Aug 31, 2011 3:00 PM

    Such dislike for Jerrah! I guess it’s due to the idea NFC East fans would almost give up a SB title just to severely beat down the other 3 NFC East teams twice in the same season. (Please note that I said “almost.”) Then again, beating down the other 3 teams is going to mean you will likely get well into the playoff rounds…

  57. dallas001 says: Aug 31, 2011 3:03 PM

    mark my words… Jason Garret is shaping this team up in the mold of a combination of Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells, while his personality is nothing like Jimmy’s, his attitude and the way he encourages competition, and the way he favors youth and speed,, make you think we are headed on the right path, along with Parcells penchant for details, and playin close to the vest as far as information to the press,,, good things to come…

  58. tonyt33 says: Aug 31, 2011 3:03 PM

    DeSean Jackson’s contract situation is his own doing. He had mid-first round talent but slid to the second round because of his crappy attitude and childish behavior at Cal. Had he a better attitude he would have gone in the first round and been playing under a much better contract.

  59. snnyjcbs says: Aug 31, 2011 3:04 PM

    This Jerry Jones could have been a Used Car Salesmen. You lose a 5 Time Perennial Pro Bowl Beast of a Center and you try and cut him down to down play how stupid you look. I am sure a bunch of people believe your “Pro Bowl Experience” is overrated, lol.

    Same old same old when America’s Team was told to go take a Flying ? by Nnamdi and you put out there Nnamdi Really Wanted To Be A Cowboy, Nnamdi gets what he wants and if he wanted to be a Cowboy he would have. Heck even Huff from the Raiders told you to go jump off a Bridge when you contacted him during Free Agency.

    By the way this Team that seems to be Drafting early each year in the Draft sure gets a lot a play for being a below average NFL Team and it has been that way for many a year now. Get over your self Jerry and Good Luck with the Rookie lol

  60. theharshestreality says: Aug 31, 2011 3:11 PM

    Jerry screwed up…he should have went after a few more of last years’ players as well. Like Newman, James, Buehler. It’s a rebuilding year, no matter what they say – may as well do it wholesale instead of piecemeal.

  61. txwj says: Aug 31, 2011 3:12 PM

    The Cowboys O-Line has looked better in the preseason that it has in 10 years, we been running screen passes something our old line could never do. I have seen linemen down field blocking something that Columbo, Davis and Gurrade never did.

    Plus Costa can make the line calls, Gurrade never did it was always Kosier the guard.

    Last year everyone said our weakness was left tackle and that Free couldn’t hack it. At years end he graded out as the 3rd best left tackle in the league.

    Garrett has told his coaches what Jimmy used to tell his coaches, do not look at the numbers on the jerseys when watching film, watch the player.

    They watched the film and 3 olinemen are gone.

    Time will tell.

  62. jasncondit says: Aug 31, 2011 3:13 PM

    Doesn’t matter Jerry who you have blocking for your QB. When Suh gets a hold of him, he’ll be knocked out. And and for good measure Guenther will have Fairley back by then and they plan to rotate Vanden Bosch out and have a line of LDE – Avril – LDT – Fairley, RDT – Corey Williams, and RDE (yes they are going to put Suh out there at time) and watch the turnstyles spin as the three meet in the middle with Avril cleaning up anything fast running away from Suh’s side. Be afraid, be VERY afraid!!!!

  63. theharshestreality says: Aug 31, 2011 3:37 PM

    Being an All-Pro matters – Going to the Pro Bowl does not.

  64. rcali says: Aug 31, 2011 3:57 PM

    Can’t you just add some temporary seats Jerry to pay for a veteran back-up?

  65. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 6:08 PM

    When Suh gets a hold of him, he’ll be knocked out. And and for good measure Guenther will have Fairley back by then and they plan to rotate Vanden Bosch out and have a line of LDE – Avril – LDT – Fairley, RDT – Corey Williams, and RDE (yes they are going to put Suh out there at time)

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    Who? Lions fans are so cute. 10 years of losing records has made y’all crazy. 0-16! haha

  66. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 6:10 PM

    Heck even Huff from the Raiders told you to go jump off a Bridge when you contacted him during Free Agency.

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    Mentioning Michael Huff makes you lose all credibility you thought you had.

  67. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 6:14 PM

    By the way this Team that seems to be Drafting early each year in the Draft sure gets a lot a play for being a below average NFL Team and it has been that way for many a year now.

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    The Cowboys recently completed a run that is equal to any run the Eagles have had since before Jeffrey Lurie was born. They had five winning seasons in a row. Also, 45 Super Bowls have been played. There are 32 teams in the NFL. Every team that has been in the NFL since the merger and has not won a Super Bowl is “below average” by definition. Even if they had won a Super Bowl, the Eagles would still be a below average franchise for their entire existence (because they have an all-time losing record).

  68. melonnhead says: Aug 31, 2011 6:17 PM

    Does the O-Line need work yes, but it will get fixed and frankly with Vick we don’t need the typical perfect O-Line that most teams need when the protection breaks down he runs.

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    And when Vick runs, Vick gets smashed. Where was all that crap when he was throwing 1 TD against 4 INTs and a fumble in the preseason?

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