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News » Eagles sign RT Stacy Andrews to 6-year deal


Eagles sign RT Stacy Andrews to 6-year deal


Eagles sign RT Stacy Andrews to 6-year deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles bolstered their offensive line by signing former Bengals right tackle Stacy Andrews to a six-year contract on Saturday.


Andrews spent his first five seasons with Cincinnati and is the older brother of Eagles right guard Shawn Andrews, a former All-Pro coming off a troubled year. The 6-foot-7, 342 pound Stacy Andrews is expected to replace Jon Runyan, who started every game with Philadelphia since 2000.

Andrews passed a physical despite having surgery in January to repair two torn ligaments in his right knee. The 27-year-old Andrews started six games at left guard in 2007 before moving to right tackle. He played last season under the franchise tag, earning $7.5 million.

Andrews didn't play football until he went to the University of Mississippi, but was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2004. He worked his way into Cincinnati's starting lineup in 2006, and was part of a unit that allowed only 17 sacks a year later. Andrews has played in 62 games, including 32 starts.

Shawn Andrews, who is 1 1/2 years younger than his brother, was chosen in the first round of the same draft. He earned consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl in '06 and 2007, but sat out training camp last year because of depression. He played just six quarters before a back injury ended his season.

The Eagles reached the NFC championship game for the fifth time in eight years, losing at Arizona 32-25. They had six unrestricted free agents, including seven-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins, longtime starting left tackle Tra Thomas and Runyan.

Running back Correll Buckhalter (Denver) and safety Sean Considine (Jacksonville) already departed and tight end L.J. Smith visited Atlanta. Dawkins was in Denver on Friday and reportedly was close to signing with the Broncos after spending 13 seasons in Philadelphia.

The Eagles already re-signed nickel back Joselio Hanson to a $21 million, five-year deal and hoped to keep Dawkins and Thomas.

Runyan's future is uncertain after he had microfracture surgery on his right knee. He expects to make a full recovery. Runyan has played in 213 consecutive games, including playoffs.

Philadelphia is expected to trade two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard, who lost his starting job to Asante Samuel last year.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: February 28, 2009

Tra Thomas Name: Tra Thomas
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Age: 33
Experience: 11 years
College: Florida State
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