Andrews spent his first five seasons with Cincinnati and is the older brother of Eagles right guard Shawn Andrews, a former All-Pro coming off a troubled year.
âI am very excited," Stacy Andrews said. "We always talked about possibly playing together. Now we have the chance. Itâs unreal; Iâm looking forward to it."
The 6-foot-7, 342 pound Stacy Andrews is expected to replace Jon Runyan, who started every game with Philadelphia since 2000.
Andrews passed a physical despite having surgery in January to repair two torn ligaments in his right knee. The 27-year-old Andrews started six games at left guard in 2007 before moving to right tackle. He played last season under the franchise tag, earning $7.5 million.
Andrews didn't play football until he went to the University of Mississippi, but was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2004. He worked his way into Cincinnati's starting lineup in 2006, and was part of a unit that allowed only 17 sacks a year later. Andrews has played in 62 games, including 32 starts.
Shawn Andrews, who is 1 ½ years younger than his brother, was chosen in the first round of the same draft. He earned consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl in '06 and 2007, but sat out training camp last year because of depression. He played just six quarters before a back injury ended his season.
The Eagles reached the NFC championship game for the fifth time in eight years, losing at Arizona 32-25. They had six unrestricted free agents, including seven-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins, longtime starting left tackle Tra Thomas and Runyan.
Dawkins signed a five-year contract with the Broncos on Saturday after spending 13 seasons in Philadelphia. Running back Correll Buckhalter (Denver) and safety Sean Considine (Jacksonville) have also departed and tight end L.J. Smith has visited Atlanta.
âWe are very excited that [Stacy] is here and that he chose us as his team," he said. "We are excited about it. We are still young in free agency."
Runyan's future is uncertain after he had microfracture surgery on his right knee. He expects to make a full recovery. Runyan has played in 213 consecutive games, including playoffs.
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