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.