By Brian McIntyre
Today’s news that the Seahawks will start Chester Pitts at left guard, with Mike Gibson moving to right guard, bouncing Stacy Andrews out of the starting lineup, brings up the question of what Andrews’ future is in Seattle, if any.
Acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2011 seventh-round draft choice, Andrews started at right guard in 12 of his 13 games with the Seahawks. Part of the reason he was available was the 6-6, 342-pounder’s dissatisfaction with playing an interior line position.
Despite coming off a torn ACL during his final season with the Cincinnati Bengals, during which he played under the one-year franchise tag, Andrews signed a six-year, $38.4 million contract with the Eagles on February 28, 2009.
Andrews signed that deal with the expectation that he’d play right tackle, but agreed to move inside to help Shawn Andrews, his younger brother, who was dealing with back issues. Andrews struggled at guard, starting just two of his 10 games during his only season in Philadelphia.
“If Stacy knew that he was being signed to play guard he would have never signed,” Richard Moran, Andrews’ agent, told Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer after Andrews was dealt to the Seahawks.
According to a league source, Andrews agreed to renegotiate his contract in March, lowering his 2010 base salary from $2.956 million to $1.15 million, $900,000 of which was guaranteed. This is the contract the Seahawks acquired from the Eagles in September, and with four years and $25.65 million remaining on it, it’s one that the front office is likely to address in the off-season.
Andrews is scheduled to earn $5.25 million in non-guaranteed base salary in 2011, which would make him among the highest-paid guards in the NFL. Andrews would also be one the more highly-paid right tackles, should the Seahawks attempt to move him outside to replace Sean Locklear, who is scheduled to be a free agent after the season.
A new collective bargaining agreement is likely to contain a salary cap, and combined with a $500,000 workout bonus, Andrews’ $5.75 million cap charge is the fifth-highest among the 32 players the Seahawks have signed for 2011. The Seahawks would incur no cap charges by releasing Andrews after the season.
It appears as though he won’t get a legitimate shot at playing right tackle in Seattle, so Andrews’ camp may not express the same willingness to renegotiate this contract agreed to with Philadelphia last off-season.
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