Regarding Gurode, they had already made the decision to go with Phil Costa as the starting center prior to cutting Gurode. I'm sure money had a lot to do with it, but guys re-structure deals all the time. Jerry Jones specifically stated after cutting him that they couldn't justify paying starter's money to a guy who wasn't going to start.
Jason was also a very capable guard for us back in 2007, was he not?
Brown isn't really that much older than Grubbs and will probably come with about 30-40% of the yearly pricetag of Grubbs. I wonder if that's a consideration at all. Bring Brown in inexpensively and draft Konz.
Maybe, we shouldn't pass too much judgment on Gurode. Remember, the Ravens got Birk the same way. Minnesota went younger and they were not going to pay starter money to a backup.
Plus the Cowboys got their replacement center as an UDFA so not sure if the Ravens can afford tying up several mill on this position given the other contracts. Bring some bodies into camp
I really don't want to draft a C in the first round, but really drafting Peter Konz would fix all of this and makes so much sense. If Grubbs goes too Kevin Zeitler could be an interesting option in the second round, that's paring two if the top 5 interior linemen that played on the best offensive line in college football, who helped the team get 200 rushing yards a game.
Ozzie did say "It starts with the offensive line", maybe this is a hint that he will be looking at the Oline in the draft as a priority. I really want us to get pass rushers, a ILB, or a WR, but we are going to have some issues on the line if we don't bring in some guys. Do you really want to see Oher or Reid starting at guard next season?
The Ravens would need to do their homework (in which I have confidence in their analysis). With this said, I would be very excited to see Brown with the Ravens next season!
It is up to Jason Brown.