The Seahawks acquired offensive lineman Stacy Andrews from the Philadelphia Eagles over the weekend. Andrews mostly played guard in Philadelphia, but is also capable of playing tackle and could start for the Seahawks in the season opener.
The deal is actually favorable for Seattle; obtaining a capable lineman for a seventh-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft is a steal for a team struggling with depth.
In February of 2009, Andrews signed a six-year, $39.8 million contract with the Eagles following five seasons in Cincinnati. The Bengals originally drafted Andrews in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
With the Eagles, Andrews was supposed to be an impact starter on an offensive line that also included his brother, Shawn Andrews. Stacy, however, struggled with a knee injury from the previous season and was replaced by Max Jean-Gilles after only two starts.
In March of this year, Andrews restructured his contract, reducing his base salary. If he can stay healthy, Andrews is likely to start at right tackle for the Seahawks in place of incumbent starter Sean Locklear.
According to ESPN.com’s John Clayton, the Seahawks are looking to trade Locklear:
While it was a nice move to pick up Stacy Andrews from the Eagles for a seventh-round pick, the trade is going to lead to the departure of right tackle Sean Locklear, who, according to multiple sources, is being shopped in a trade and isn’t expected to be around opening day.
The roster shuffling continues…