It will be a family affair on the right side of the Eagles' offensive line as the team signed free agent lineman Stacy Andrews to a six-year deal on Saturday. Head coach Andy Reid said that it is too early to determine where Andrews will play on the offensive line.
"I am very excited. We always talked about possibly playing together," Andrews said during his press conference Saturday. "Now we have the chance. It's unreal; I'm looking forward to it." Photo Gallery : Stacy Andrews Signs 6-Year Deal
The older brother of right guard Shawn Andrews, Stacy (6-7, 342) now joins Shawn to become just the third set of brothers since 1951 to play together on the same offensive line, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The others are Jay and Joel Hilgenberg (New Orleans Saints, 1993), and Dave and Doug Widell (Denver Broncos, 1990-92). The Andrews brothers have never played together on the same team at any level.
"I had another team that was kind of stepping up," Andrews said. "A big thing for me was playing with my brother and being on a family-oriented team. I felt like this would be the best fit, with rehab and all considered."
Reid said that decision to sign Stacy had nothing to do with Shawn. Last year, Shawn battled depression and just two weeks into the regular season he suffered a back injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
"We brought him here because he's a good football player," Reid said. "That's the primary thing. Shawn worked very hard to get things straightened out before we brought Stacy here. I'm not worried about that part of Shawn's game. I think it will be a neat experience for them. I think the last time they played together was AAU basketball or something. They haven't had a chance to do this on the football field and I think that's pretty exciting for both of them."
Stacy, 27, spent the first five years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals after being selected by the team in the fourth round of the 2004 draft. After being designated as the club's franchise player in 2008, Andrews started at right tackle in the first 15 games of the season before suffering a knee injury at Cleveland (Dec. 21, 2008) that rendered him inactive for the team's final contest. As of now, Stacy does not know whether he will be ready for training camp after undergoing ACL surgery in January.
"I'm really not sure," Stacy said. "I'm just looking forward to getting in and rehabbing and getting better - working with the coaches and catching up on learning the system here and all that."
Andrews saw his first significant action as a starter in 2007, when he began the season as the team's starting left guard before shifting to right tackle following the sixth game of the year. That season, Andrews was part of an offensive line that set a team record for fewest sacks allowed (17). In his career, Andrews has played in 62 regular season games and has notched 32 starts.
Andrews, who had scant football experience before entering the NFL draft in 2004, first began playing the sport as a junior at Ole Miss in 2002. That year, he walked on to the team and was subsequently red-shirted. Andrews later saw action in five games as a senior in 2003 for an offense that averaged 433.2 yards per game.
"To tell the truth, I regret not giving (football) a try in high school and I didn't want to do the same thing leaving college - having regrets about not giving it a go," Andrews said. "I talked to Shawn and came up with the decision to go ahead and give it a try."
A collegiate track and field star, Andrews earned All-America honors in both indoor and outdoor competition as a junior. He set school records for the indoor weight throw, the outdoor hammer throw and discus that year.
The Camden, Ark, native attended Fairview High School, where he earned letters in both track and field, and basketball. * BE HERE IN 2009!*