Stacy Andrews is a done deal. He has signed a six-year contract with the Eagles and will likely take over the right tackle position effectively immediately. Signing Andrews, the Eagles' first step into free agency, starts a Saturday that figures to have as many ups and downs as the first day of free agency produced.
Andrews, who played right tackle for Cincinnati last year after the Bengals used their franchise tag on him, is recovering from a serious right knee injury and the Eagles are confident that he will be ready to play at a high level from the very start of the 2009 campaign. The older brother of right guard Shawn Andrews, Stacy is regarded as one of the league's up-and-coming offensive linemen.
The Andrews Brothers are expected to form a massive wall on the right side of the Eagles' offensive line, giving the offense a powerful, agile pairing on that side of the line of scrimmage. Andrews' arrival means the likely departure of veteran Jon Runyan, an unrestricted free agent who is recovering from knee surgery.
Andrews visited the Eagles on Friday afternoon and went through a series of physical examinations that he passed with flying colors. He then spent the night in Philadelphia and has been at the NovaCare Complex for much of the morning on Saturday.
** BE HERE IN 2009!