Eagles, free agent Andrews reach deal

Updated: February 27, 2009, 12:33 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Philadelphia Eagles, who could lose both of their long-time starting offensive tackles in free agency, prepared for that likelihood on Friday, reaching a contract agreement with former Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Stacy Andrews.

Financial details of what will be a multi-year deal were not immediately available.

Andrews is tentatively scheduled to fly to Philadelphia on Friday to undergo a physical. He is the older brother of current Eagles right guard Shawn Andrews and is expected to line up next to him in 2009. Shawn Andrews is a five-year veteran and a two-time Pro Bowl player.

It is expected that Stacy Andrews will replace longtime starter Jon Runyan on the right side of Philadelphia's blocking unit. Runyan is an unrestricted free agent who almost certainly won't re-sign with the Eagles. The team is also prepared to lose left tackle Tra Thomas in free agency.

Regarded as a power-type rightside blocker, Andrews should be an excellent replacement and makes the Eagles younger at the position.

Andrews, 29, was Cincinnati's franchise player in 2008, but the team opted not to tag him this spring. He is coming off offseason surgery to repair his right knee after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in the 15th game of last season, but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2009 campaign.

A four-year veteran, and the Bengals' fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft, Andrews has played in 62 games and started 32 of them. The former University of Mississippi standout started 29 games over the past two seasons.

Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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