Eagles Trade OG Andrews To Seattle
By Lance Epstein
Yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles traded with the Arizona Cardinals for the second time within a week and acquired offensive guard Reggie Wells for a mere 2011 sixth round pick. Just before the roster deadline today (6 p.m.), NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that the Eagles dealt guard Stacy Andrews to Seattle.ESPNs Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter have tweeted that the Eagles will receive an 2011 seventh-round 2011 pick from Seattle.
With the league office finalizing and approving the trade, it marks the ends of the short-lived Andrews brother’s experiment in Philadelphia Eagles history. Earlier this offseason, the Eagles released Stacy's brother Shawn Andrews after numerous injury plagued seasons (signed with the New York Giants two weeks ago).
As for Stacy Andrews, the Eagles clean their hands of him just 18 months after signing him to a massive 6-years, $39 million free agent contract. It was a questionable signing from the start since Andrews was coming off a torn ACL, which he sustained in the last game of the Cincinnati Bengals' season.
A reason that Stacy was eager to sign with the Eagles was due to Jon Runyan’s departure and the vacancy at right tackle. However, the Eagles
planned on moving him from right tackle over to right guard. This would have permitted his brother to start at right tackle.
Unfortunately, Shawn had back issues that required surgery and forced the Eagles to place him on injured reserve. In addition, Stacy Andrews barely played because he was adjusting to a new offensive scheme and his knee never being fully healed.
After a disappointing and unproductive 2009 campaign, Stacy Andrews was asked to take a pay cut in offseason or be released. Stacy Andrews claims that he preferred to test the market, but in the end he restructured his contract to stay in Philadelphia.
Stacy Andrews came to camp with a positive attitude about playing right guard, but he continued to struggles throughout the preseason and training camp. After three mediocre preseason games and Stacy proclaiming that he was a more comfortable at tackle (not going to happen in Philadelphia with Winston Justice holding down the position), the Eagles decided trade with the Cardinals to acquired veteran right guard Wells.
Once the Eagles announced the trade, Andrews became upset that he was "deceived" by the Eagles. Furthermore he was also displeased that he was going to lose his starting job and make less money.
"I would not have signed here from the jump" to be a guard. I got signed to play right tackle," Stacy Andrews said. ""Howie (Roseman, the general manager) reassured me I would be the guy at right guard. I wouldn't have signed the reworked deal to be the third guy."
This trade makes perfect sense for the Seahawks, who have been plagued by injuries at offensive tackle; a position Andrews prefers to play. For Stacy Andrews, he finally got wish of a one-way ticket out of town.
The Eagles believe Wells is an upgrade at the right guard position even though he is coming off a down year. More importantly, the departure of Stacy Andrews opened up another roster spot, which allowed the Eagles to keep a young and promising player like LB Jamar Chaney or CB Jorrick Calvin.
Nevertheless, Stacy Andrews was supposed to be a big part of the younger, revamped and vastly improved Eagles offensive line. It was one of the rationales behind signing him on the first day of the free agency and giving him a nice payday despite rehabbing from a severe injury. Now, the Eagles have learned their lesson and admitted their mistake. From now on, the Eagles will probably stay away from the Andrews family.
UPDATE: Due to the Stacy Andrews deal not being consummated before the 6 p.m. deadline the Eagles were forced to release Max Jean-Gilles to make the mandatory 53-man roster. Gilles does not need to clear waivers so he is eligible to sign with anyone if he wants. GM Howie Roseman says he will be signed tomorrow to complete the roster.