One of the Eagles' big free agent additions last season, guard/tackle Stacy Andrews, didn't make the impact he was expected to make.
Andrews spent last off-season recovering from ACL surgery and played in 10 games, but only started in two. He was expected before training camp to be the team's starting right guard in 2009.
Reports indicated that Andrews had his contract reworked recently so that he could return this season. The Eagles gave Andrews a big six-year deal when they signed him because there were other teams in the mix despite him coming off the ACL injury.
The Eagles would greatly benefit from a healthy Andrews in 2010. Jamaal Jackson is recovering from his own ACL injury and last year's right guard Nick Cole is likely to slide into center in the meantime.
And the Eagles believe that Andrews can still make an impact. ESPN's Matt Mosley reported that he talked to offensive line coach Juan Castillo at the Scouting Combine and "(Castillo) truly believes Andrews will come back strong in 2010 after being hampered by a knee injury."
In fact, Mosley's story was a "Stock Watch" of the NFC East. Despite some experts' negative take on what the Eagles have done in free agency thus far, Mosley has the Eagles on the rise.
"I like that general manager Howie Roseman has locked up talented players such as Leonard Weaver and Jason Avant," Mosley wrote. "And signing former Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson is a good risk to take. Yes, he's had two ACLs (one on each knee). But the Eagles reportedly kept the guaranteed money low enough where they won't feel burned if he struggles. If the 26-year-old returns to form, he could start at free safety for the next three or four years."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:26 a.m., March 13