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Cowboys Release C Andre Gurode

ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer are reporting that the Cowboys have released veteran C Andre Gurode after they were unable to reach an agreement on a renegotiated contract.

Gurode, 32, was set to make $5.5 million in 2011 at the start of the season but Dallas felt that they were ready to move on if he didn’t agree to take a pay cut. The Cowboys have basically revamped their offensive line from a year ago as they’ve cut Gurode, Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo.

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Earlier in the week rumors began to surface that the Dallas Cowboys were considering cutting C Andre Gurode but an injury to Phil Costa changed all that.

Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys will hold Gurode out of tonight’s game against Minnesota.

Jerry Jones referred to the move as a “business decision.” “We need to talk business — cap business, salary business,” Jones said.

Dallas will be on the hook for Gurode’s 2011 salary of $5.5 million if he’s still on the roster at the start of the season. From Jones’s comments, it appears that the Cowboys will try to get Gurode to take a pay cut or face being released.