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A closer look at Stacy Andrews’ contract status

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm with 11 Comments »
December 17, 2010 3:12 pm

Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Stacy Andrews (Joe Barrentine/TNT).

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.

Brian McIntyre blogs daily about the NFL over at Mac’s Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you’d like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.
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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Thanks for posting this Eric. Good breakdown by McIntyre. I would presume he’s all but gone unless his agent feels there’s little interest in him around the league, in which case they might be interested in re-working his deal. Can’t imagine Schneider’s willing to keep him around making that kind of money, moving forward.

  2. I posted this on the next subj also….
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    Hopefully everyone understands that it will take more than one more draft to compete with the elite teams…. That said, it would be in our best interest to play the QB of the future next year…. meaning that we “MUST” draft (or access otherwise) that guy….. the 2011 season is very probably going to be as up and down as this year’s season….. We have many positions to improve on…. Too many to cover in just one more draft….

    Read more: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks/2010/12/17/pitts-back-as-starter-andrews-sits/#ixzz18PwaBZUO

  3. Only thing that could accelerate things would be some free agent signings on top of the draft, as has been talked about much on here. We’ve got a wealthy owner, but feels like most are saying that Carroll/Schneider are more build through the draft types – we will see.

  4. ikuraman says:

    I’m confused. I was under the impression when we got Stacy Andrews that he would be playing Right Tackle. He is clearly better fitted for that position and wants to play there. Haven’t we been using him at Right Guard all season? Locklear isn’t that great there. Why haven’t we given Andrews a chance there?

  5. pd…. I actually expect some acceleration, as you note, as I really feel good about the C/S leadership…. I also don’t fully agree with the ‘full season together’ theory often brought up about linemen, QB’s & recr’s, DL’s etc…. I believe there are connections pretty quickly that get better, but don’t take a huge timeframe…. Yes, they get even better with time…. but, … time is too often an excuse for lack of talent……..
    Getting off point though, I’m thinking we’re competitive again next year, but the elite will still likely beat us…. We need to upgrade several starters “and’ replacements…. I’d love to be proven wrong, but good sense tells me different…

  6. How does a guy sign a monster contract like that then get swapped for a 7th?

  7. Radeon, it happened because he tore his ACL and then was moved from the position where he was a quality starter to a position where he can’t play. His time with the Eagles screwed up what was a good career.

    And now, will the Seahawks help this guy come back to again become the dominant RT he once was? Or will the Seahawks be Stupid?

    The entire NFL knew Andrews was a tackle when he came here to Seattle, and everyone knew he was p.o.’d about being stuck at guard.

    Moving Andrews to RT would be a clear upgrade to the Seahawks line. Give him a few games there and he’ll make everyone forget about Sean Locklear. At Cincinnati, Andrews was a better RT than Locklear has ever been in his dreams.

    Will Seattle’s pathetic history of undervaluing offensive linemen continue? Will they once again try to save money at the O line positions that have held them back three years in a row? If you want a good RT, you pay the man. Schneider can’t pretend he will magically find 10 new starters in next years draft. He needs to keep what he has, and Andrews is the only worthy starting Tackle on this team besides Okung.

    Schneider, don’t let Andrews walk away this offseason. Don’t be stupid.

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    An interesting read about Josh Wilson…

    “The cross-country trip introduced Wilson to a new defensive culture in Baltimore. He was used to turnover in Seattle, where he learned a new defense under a new coordinator almost every year. But he wasn’t ready for the Ravens’ playbook, not in its entirety…”

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-wilson-1218-20101217,0,4903633.story

  9. Andrews doesn’t fit the ZBing scheme. Gibbs quit after JS (PC?) hired Stacey. Now, if Andrews goes, does Gibbs return?

  10. klm, you’re joking I hope? ;)

  11. yellaman says:

    first off the We all know that Andrews should be our teams starting RT but because of injuries we had to play him @ RG now we want to get rid of him even though we still don’t have a RT for next year ( Goodbye Locklear) Maybe he is not the answer but we should at least give him a chance huh seahawks FO!!!

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