After missing the past two seasons with severe depression and a back injury that required surgery, the Philadelphia Eagles have elected to release OL Shawn Andrews from his contract. Andrews was drafted in 2005 and signed an extension in 2006 designed to keep him with the club through 2015. Prior to his absence in the Eagles 2008 training camp, rumors circulated that Andrews had a debilitating condition in his ankle that could end his career but those reports were not substantiated. Slated to start his first year in the pro’s at right tackle, Andrews underwent surgery last year after injuring his back at the start of training camp. Andrews was replaced by 2006 second round pick Winston Justice at right tackle. Justice performed adequately for most of the year and looks to remain the starter in 2010 after signed a 4-year contract extension in November, 2009.
The Eagles simply had no recourse with Andrews. After earning himself two Pro Bowl selections as an offensive guard, he would be a highly sought after player in the event that he could find his way back onto the football field. With Nick Cole proving his dependability as a starter in Andrews absence, the Eagles will likely make an attempt to sign Cole to an extension before he hits free agency in 2011. Shawn’s brother, Stacy Andrews, remains with the Eagles as a candidate for Guard duties after restructuring his contract earlier in the year. If the Eagles elect to move Nick Cole to center while Jamaal Jackson recovers from his knee injury, Stacey Andrews will compete with Max Jean-Gilles for the starting position at right guard.