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Eagles drop Shawn Andrews

Shawn Andrews’ rollercoaster run with the Philadelphia Eagles is over.

The team announced the move, which only comes as a surprise because of the timing.  Andrews underwent back surgery again in December, and his status for training camp was uncertain at best.

Conventional wisdom was that the Eagles would see how his recovery went before deciding whether to pay him another $2 million in 2010.

Andrews’ toughness and motivation was questioned at times in Philadelphia during his recovery from various back ailments.  The two-time Pro Bowler has played only two games the last two years and missed the entire 2009 season.  He also battled depression in 2008.

“We appreciate the efforts and contributions of Shawn while he was in
Philadelphia,” said head coach Andy Reid. “We have, however, decided to
move in another direction
.”

The Eagles restructured the contract of Shawn’s brother Stacy last week and re-signed tackle Winston Justice to a contract last season. With Jason Peters at left tackle, Philly decided they had enough depth and didn’t want to deal with Shawn anymore.

It’s unclear if Andrews wants to play football — his goodbye tweets to Philly were short and sweet — but he’s an intriguing high-risk, high-reward option that teams have to investigate.

UPDATE: Andrews says he will continue to play.

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64 Responses to “Eagles drop Shawn Andrews”
  1. birdmancometh says: Mar 17, 2010 1:08 PM

    This scares me to death. I’ll be sick if he comes back to form cause he was the best gaurd in the league for two years.

  2. Big_Monkey says: Mar 17, 2010 1:08 PM

    At the start of his career, I thought he’d be special.
    Shame.

  3. Fonetik says: Mar 17, 2010 1:09 PM

    Can you drop his depressed brother, too?

  4. underdog1753 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:09 PM

    Good Riddens! He got paid then decided not to play. It is a shame how some of these people get their payday then just decide to take it easy.

  5. P-Slice says: Mar 17, 2010 1:10 PM

    That was the greatest off-season move made by any team. When a guys heart is in question, there is no reason to keep beyond salary implications. This year that was not an issue.

  6. leatherneck says: Mar 17, 2010 1:13 PM

    What?
    Apparently the Eagles cut Shawn Andrews?

  7. Bwa Ha Ha says: Mar 17, 2010 1:14 PM

    He did not want to play anymore.

  8. joebuckiscreepy says: Mar 17, 2010 1:14 PM

    dude had some serious talent. what a waste. now he’ll have plenty of time to “get his michael phelps on.”

  9. Iron Mike Tyson says: Mar 17, 2010 1:16 PM

    What a waste of talent this guy turned out to be. Now he can be someone else’s problem.

  10. SexMonkey says: Mar 17, 2010 1:16 PM

    Really sad it had to come to this, the kid was a monster when his head was screwed on right. But if his tweets are any indication, his mind is on anything but football. A recent Daily News article to that effect may have had something to do with the decision, whether the Birds FO would admit it or not. I mean, otherwise why not wait until he at least rehabs from the latest surgery. What a waste…

  11. phillyburdzfan says: Mar 17, 2010 1:20 PM

    Best player to never play

  12. Kevin from Philly says: Mar 17, 2010 1:21 PM

    Too bad, he seemed like a guy with a lot of talent in his first few seasons. Good luck, Shawn – go get your Michael Phelps on.

  13. Big_Monkey says: Mar 17, 2010 1:21 PM

    Perhaps the Eagles now make a move for Iupati?

  14. lithiumfx26 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:21 PM

    He’s busy getting his Michael Phelps on anyways. So long football!

  15. My Coke Can says: Mar 17, 2010 1:21 PM

    we are talking bout same person…….right?

  16. fatso says: Mar 17, 2010 1:22 PM

    Good luck Shawn!! Take care of yourself buddy!

  17. Lex Luger says: Mar 17, 2010 1:24 PM

    I’d sign him for a million, maybe even 1.25
    even though for a short time he was the best RG in the league,
    I wouldnt trust him, and people who weight 370 pounds generally dont have healthy knees.
    Maybe the eagle try to bring him back, but I bet you he retires. Dude made plently of money

  18. enigk says: Mar 17, 2010 1:25 PM

    I wonder what his 17,000 misspelled tweets over the next three days will have to say about it…

  19. Onderin says: Mar 17, 2010 1:25 PM

    Really intriguing player to pick up if a team think he’s worth the risk. Those injuries might have done him in though.

  20. Jerz420 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:25 PM

    Wow as much as I hate Shawn and his brother stacy I truly don’t understand this move. Why didn’t they try to trade him and at least get a few more draft picks. Maybe the eagles have something up their sleeves because right now our line is LT Peters, LG Herremans, C Jackson, RG Andrews and RT Justice. The right side of the line now looks horrible.

  21. dogma1 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:25 PM

    if he still wants to play football 31 other teams would sign him.

  22. loudacris21 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:27 PM

    I have massive student loans, not the best job (bartend/cook), and not driving currently….not depressed at all. now if I am 40 and still doing this,…then yea maybe. And your back hurts???? you have the best treatment people can receive at any moment. Sorry, dont feel bad about this move. As an Eagles FAN, he hasnt done shit anyway and I don’t actually envision him anymore as normal to see on the field.

  23. pilot08 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:27 PM

    Come on Carolina

  24. JustinG says: Mar 17, 2010 1:27 PM

    Later dude! GTFO off the Eagles you lazy bum!

  25. Jerz420 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:28 PM

    Our right side of the line is god awful right now I hope they have ideas

  26. Sasquash says: Mar 17, 2010 1:29 PM

    Dude is a homo. Now if we could only get rid of his homo brother Stacy Andrews and his homo BFF Jason Peters. Go get your Mike Phelps on wormburners!

  27. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 17, 2010 1:30 PM

    Another great first round pick by Andy “Draft God” Reid.
    Donovan McNabb 2nd overall
    Corey Simon 6th overall
    Freddie Mitchell 25th overall
    Lito Sheppard 26th overall
    Jerome McDougle 15th overall
    Shawn Andrews 16th overall
    Mike Patterson 31st overall
    Brodrick Bunkley 14th overall
    Jeremy Maclin 19th overall
    Yep that’s all of them. Five of nine are out of the NFL at this moment. Simon, Mitchell, Sheppard, McDougle and Andrews. Bunkley and Patterson are entirely mediocre. Better hope they don’t ruin Maclin. He’s the only guy that may be worth where he was picked.

  28. Route36West says: Mar 17, 2010 1:33 PM

    Stupid.
    Why would they keep him all season then cut him now?
    As soon as he went on IR they should of cut him that way they wouldnt of had to cut another player on the roster to make room for Vick who could of helped the team.
    He better not sign with another team and play good. Ill be so pissed.

  29. JimmyMac says: Mar 17, 2010 1:34 PM

    I thought we released him years ago!

  30. stevemcguigan says: Mar 17, 2010 1:35 PM

    You can’t expect a dude who doesn’t like football to put any effort whatsoever into playing it.

  31. kinghill says: Mar 17, 2010 1:36 PM

    The miracle of no salary cap implications. ‘Aint it great!

  32. jermely says: Mar 17, 2010 1:37 PM

    I’m predicting Al Davis will sign him so he’s the highest paid guard in the league, then he will play a couple of games in two years and get dropped just like Javon Walker..

  33. mustbechris says: Mar 17, 2010 1:41 PM

    the way he got treated by Eagles fans pisses me off. he took a lot of shit unfairly. great player, a bit out there, but couldn’t stay healthy, and the Eagles needed to move on. the way he got treated by the fans (and eagles haters, as well) after the depression issue came out was disgusting. good luck to him in his future.

  34. Mattchew182 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:44 PM

    Thats pretty interesting he didn’t want to play so they signed his brother who essentially took his job. Now that he’s not paid big money maybe he will get interested in playing hard again. Give him a shot Bears if he’s still a lazy piece of crap then we cut him. But if he can be half the player he was he’s still a pretty good guard. Right now he is an offensive lard.

  35. Krow says: Mar 17, 2010 1:47 PM

    Does this mean that the perennial Superbowl champion Eagles no longer have the best offensive line in football?

  36. mustbechris says: Mar 17, 2010 1:54 PM

    Yeah Vox, and to think that despite all of that, we STILL dominated the Cowboys for the entire decade that you speak of.

  37. smushrodrigez says: Mar 17, 2010 1:54 PM

    What High Risk? He would not have been a big hit against the cap anyway. Big mistake here on this timing. Should have kept him until training camp.

  38. tombrookshire says: Mar 17, 2010 1:56 PM

    A year too late. Cya Shawn

  39. dlew2191 says: Mar 17, 2010 1:57 PM

    Vox,
    I didn’t know that being a free agent means that you’re out of the NFL. (Lito Sheppard). Check Wikipedia: current free agent in the NFL.
    McNabb is a success. Simon played well for us then had a career ending injury. Sheppard’s a former Pro Bowler, Shawn Andrews played really well for us (can’t blame us for depression). And Patterson and Bunkley were and are better than your former Cowboys Ferguson and Canty and now Olshansky. Maclin’s better than Roy E Williams and Crayton.

  40. coxypoo says: Mar 17, 2010 1:57 PM

    Shame. He is real good when he plays.

  41. Mr Krinkle says: Mar 17, 2010 1:59 PM

    I’ll see you in hell Andrews.

  42. Cleg says: Mar 17, 2010 2:00 PM

    @ Krow – well, you know the Eagles are the Gold Standard and can do no wrong. They have lots of division champs T-Shirts and hats to prove it too. Funny though, no acutal trophy’s.

  43. LAEaglefan says: Mar 17, 2010 2:00 PM

    The Eagles waited at least a year too long to get rid of this Cancer. Not only did they have to pay him his huge salary for NOT playing, but they had to pay God only knows how much to doctors to keep trying to fix his physical and mental problems. Anyone worried about Shawn coming back with another team to haunt the Eagles…don’t give it much thought…because my guess is that he’s played his last meaningful down in the NFL.

  44. Count Sacula says: Mar 17, 2010 2:05 PM

    Here we go with that dousche bag ToolVox Veritas. This geek has the biggest hard-on for anything Eagles related. Go back under the bridge you worthless troll and count how little money you make.

  45. Indyeagle says: Mar 17, 2010 2:08 PM

    @ Vox,
    And yet we have dominated your Cowboys over this entire timeframe. Weird how that works, Huh?
    (Cue Vox bringing up ’09, the only year the Cowboys have done ANYTHING over the time frame he just listed)

  46. Rickah99 says: Mar 17, 2010 2:08 PM

    @ Vick Veritas,
    Why don’t you use Mom’s free AOL account to look up how many Pro-Bowl that lot has produced, then get back to the aduly conversation.
    Steers & Queers!

  47. SUNDAY says: Mar 17, 2010 2:12 PM

    Respekt!!!!!!!

  48. sully56sgobirds says: Mar 17, 2010 2:20 PM

    Jerz420 says
    Maybe the eagles have something up their sleeves because right now our line is LT Peters, LG Herremans, C Jackson, RG Andrews and RT Justice. The right side of the line now looks horrible.
    Ya i agree. Jamal Jackson will probably be starting the season on PUP, so Nick Cole will be staring Center. He tore his ACL in week 17. Maybe he’s even throw on IR.
    Eagles have kinda addresed Dline and FS so with this move it has Eagles taking Oline with their 1st round pick. They need to trade Mcnabb or Kolb before the Draft to get another 1st round pick or a couple of 2nd rounders cause looking at the team right now they are not at all better than they were last year. 2 middle linebackers coming off ACL injuries and their starting Center. They need some help.

  49. P-way Eagles says: Mar 17, 2010 2:31 PM

    Douchebag…Thats the nicest thing i can say about andrews….So much for addressing the D in the draft…Andy will draft 3 O- lineman in the draft now.

  50. tombrookshire says: Mar 17, 2010 2:31 PM

    Cleg says:
    March 17, 2010 2:00 PM
    @ Krow – well, you know the Eagles are the Gold Standard and can do no wrong. They have lots of division champs T-Shirts and hats to prove it too. Funny though, no acutal trophy’s.
    ___________________________________
    Couldn’t have said it better myself brother! Lots of t-shirts and hats. No metal. That’s good enough for some Birds fans as long as the Eagles are stable and in contention each year. Love the stability and contention. Only problem: they lose in the playoffs every single year while schmuck teams like the Saints, Cardinals, Giants pass them by on the way to the Superbowl.

  51. BroncoBourque says: Mar 17, 2010 2:48 PM

    If another team can get this guy motivated he could be a steal. I would like to see the Broncos make a run at him. If he could be had for a contract with a low base, plus incentives contract he would be worth it.

  52. DJSlyBri says: Mar 17, 2010 2:54 PM

    The Eagles spent so much on him directly, and indirectly, signing his brother and obtaining his college teammate, to motivate him to play. I think enough is enough and he had to go.
    If he plays well elsewhere, Eagles fans will know that the only thing that motivated him was being cut. My guess is that he will steal some more money from someone else before becoming a footnote in history.

  53. MagicMan407 says: Mar 17, 2010 2:58 PM

    I wonder if he will get signed right away by the Redskins?

  54. toe-to-toe bird law says: Mar 17, 2010 3:06 PM

    @vox
    Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Dwayne Goodrich and Quincy Carter, the Dallas Cowboys’ first overall picks in the 2000 and 2001 drafts, respectively, are to notify the police immediately. Authorities are concerned that they may have fallen off the face of the Earth, along with the talent of Roy Williams, Dallas’ 1st round pick in 2002.
    This just in: Dallas’ 1st overall pick in 2004, Julius Jones, has been found in a soup kitchen in Seattle.

  55. VoxVagina says: Mar 17, 2010 3:21 PM

    I think Shawn Andrews still has the potential to be a great guard. I was hoping he would at least compete be in training camp, cause his pathetic POS brother Stacy is awful. I guess drafting D is out the window, first pick will be on Iupati if he’s available. This really bothers me. The Eagles need a good young defender whether it’s a safety like Earl Thomas or a OLB like Sean Weatherspoon. Ugh this kind of sucks

  56. buddha says: Mar 17, 2010 3:24 PM

    I dont agree with some of you guys saying that our right side of the O-line is weak. Winston Justice had a pretty good year in ’09 and Stacy Andrews was coming off a torn knee in ’08. Stacy should be good to go in ’10. I’m more concerned about our Center position with Jamaal Jackson coming off of his own knee injury. I thought the Eagles might make a move for Hank Fraley but he already signed with another team. I have faith in Nick Cole as a guard but he sucked ass at Center last season. He only played in 3-4 games but he had about 4 bad snaps that led to fumles.

  57. sdffa11 says: Mar 17, 2010 3:26 PM

    they kept him around at least 1 year too long.

  58. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 17, 2010 3:50 PM

    “Yeah Vox, and to think that despite all of that, we STILL dominated the Cowboys for the entire decade that you speak of.”
    Whatever helps you sleep at night. From where I sit, the Cowboys have won FIVE of the last seven games and it looks to be a trend that will continue in no small part because the 0-3gles can’t draft for shit.

  59. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 17, 2010 4:05 PM

    “I didn’t know that being a free agent means that you’re out of the NFL.”
    You learn something new every day, eh?
    “Why don’t you use Mom’s free AOL account to look up how many Pro-Bowl that lot has produced”
    Well let’s see.
    McNabb 6
    Corey Simon 1
    Freddie Mitchell 0
    Lito Sheppard 2
    Jerome McDougle 0
    Shawn Andrews 2
    Mike Patterson 0
    Brodrick Bunkley 0
    Jeremy Maclin 0
    Looks like 11. What’s your point? Is that supposed to be a lot for 9 guys or something?
    “Anyone with information leading to the whereabouts of Dwayne Goodrich and Quincy Carter”
    Weak. Those second round picks are probably hanging out with first round picks McDougle, Simon, and Andrews.

  60. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 17, 2010 4:08 PM

    “(Cue Vox bringing up ’09, the only year the Cowboys have done ANYTHING over the time frame he just listed)”
    haha the lowbrow wants to talk about recent history but doesn’t want to hear about last year at all!
    Yeah scrubby, if you don’t count all the games the Cowboys won then you’re right, the 0-3gles have won them ALL! I think that it’s time for the NFL to award the 0-3gles with an honorary Lombardi Trophy.

  61. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 17, 2010 4:45 PM

    Look guys, it’s a simple fact of life that the 0-3gles waste way more first round picks than they hit on, and it really, really has nothing to do with the Cowboys.
    We could sit here and go back and forth all day but the point remains: the 0-3gles leave a lot to be desired from a talent evaluation standpoint. It’s not just the draft, you sort of have to expect the 0-3gles to keep swinging and missing in free agency. Who gives $57 million to a cornerback that can’t cover man-to-man? Who throws boatloads of money at a guy that is coming off a knee injury?

  62. toe-to-toe bird law says: Mar 17, 2010 5:14 PM

    “Weak. Those second round picks are probably hanging out with first round picks McDougle, Simon, and Andrews.”
    Hey, it’s not our fault that the braintrust that exists in Dallas decided to trade away their 1st round picks in 2000 and 2001, making Dwayne Goodrich and Quincy Carter their first overall picks. Maybe Jerry Jones should actually let his coaches do the drafting.

  63. Sasquash says: Mar 17, 2010 5:33 PM

    I hate to agree with voxy but he is right Andy sucks at drafting. His 2nd rd picks tend to be just as bad.
    Don’t forget Andrews got hurt last year on the bus. I think it hit a bump. bad back, no heart, smokes buds and hes depressed million dollar baby is all I can think of.
    I like A.Samual because we needed a ball hawk. My question would be who pays M.Vick, the Andrews sisters, S.Jones over all time franchise player like BDAWK?I said it before I will say it again Andy Reid is the single most overrated coach/gm/father of all time.

  64. buddha says: Mar 21, 2010 5:34 PM

    VOX, you talk about the Eagles swinging and missing in free agency when your cowboys signed T.O., Pacman, Drew Bledsoe, Tank Johnson, traded for Roy Williams, and even tried to make a roster spot out of a bunch of washed up players on that reality t.v. show!!HaHa! By the way, how’d that work out for your team? And to SASQUASH, your an idiot! I’m not too sure about now, but as recent as a year ago, Andy Reid had drafted more Pro-Bowl players than any other active coach in the league so before you wanna go agree with that queerbutt Vox, you should find out what you’re talking about first!! And you think Andy’s 2nd roiund picks are bad??? DESEAN JACKSON, SHELDON BROWN, KEVIN KOLB, LESEAN MCCOY. How are those considered bad picks, diknose?

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