Friday, August 20, 2010
Giants add lineman Shawn Andrews
By Ohm Youngmisuk ESPNNewYork.com
ALBANY, N.Y. -- After spending the past 10 months in Los Angeles rehabbing his back, Shawn Andrews is ready to return to the football field.
The former Eagles Pro Bowl offensive lineman signed with the New York Giants in the early morning hours Friday and promised to give everything he has in what he called his final run at playing in the NFL.
Andrews, 27, signed a six-year "prove it" deal with a lot of consideration in the second year, according to his agent, Rich Moran.
Andrews' contract could be worth as much as $32.5 million, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
In 2010, the Giants take very little risk as Andrews will make just $1.5 million, which includes a $250,000 signing bonus and a $1.25 million base salary.
If he is injured, he has a split salary that reduces his salary to $650,000.
But 2011 is when the Giants will have to make a bigger commitment. Andrews is scheduled to collect a $3.5 million bonus on the 30th day of the league year. He can earn $500,000 in workout bonus money and has a base salary of $3 million for a total compensation of $7 million.
From 2012 to 2015, he is scheduled to make $1 million in roster bonuses and $500,000 in workout bonuses each year, as well as an annual $4.5 million base. That's $6 million a year.
"I'm laying it all on the line," Andrews said after watching his first Giants practice. "Not that I haven't before, but this is it. The Giants are going to get everything from me."
"The back is feeling pretty good," added Andrews, who had surgery on his back this past December. "I've been working hard. Going hard. Not that I never worked hard in my life, but this is my last attempt at it. I'm going all out. I'm selling out right now."
Critics in the past have questioned Andrews' motivation while he was in Philadelphia. The 6-foot-4, two-time Pro Bowl guard has had to overcome a broken leg during his rookie season, weight problems and a serious back injury in his seven-year career.
He has not played since 2008, when he had his season cut short after two games due to a back injury. He missed training camp that season and later said he was suffering from clinical depression. Then came the back injury that kept him out for almost two seasons.
The Eagles finally released the talented offensive lineman -- known for his colorful personality -- in March. When asked whether he failed a physical with the Eagles, Andrews said, "That's kind of tricky right there. I won't say that ... nah, I didn't. I don't really want to get into that and make it a battle.
"The timing of my releasing was very untimely. I'm a Giant now. That is all I can say and rest my hat on."
Andrews promises that he is mentally into football and motivated to return to the form that made him one of the game's best offensive lineman and a Pro Bowler in 2006 and 2007.
"My head is into the game; it has always been in the game," Andrews said. "I just had some setbacks there, and it was untimely and I heard every excuse for myself of why things happened back in 2008 that happened. We all go through things. And a lot of people I've learned that point the finger are probably going through a lot of things themselves and it just makes them feel stronger to point the finger at someone else. The God that I serve is a forgiving God and a God of second chances, so why not give a guy a second chance who is passionate about what he does?"
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Andrews is in excellent physical and mental shape.
Andrews spent the past couple of days with the Giants and had dinner with general manager Jerry Reese before sitting down with Coughlin for half an hour Thursday.
"He had interviews with basically everybody here," Coughlin said. "He went through some issues and had the back and some other issues that he had to deal with. Sensing now that he is really motivated, has both feet on the ground, really wants to play. He does indicate the desire he has to get back into the game."
The Giants' starting guards, Chris Snee and Rich Seubert, have been injured in camp but Coughlin said Andrews' signing is not an indication of how Snee or Seubert is doing health-wise. Snee has been dealing with a sore knee, and Coughlin said on Thursday that the guard was making his way back soon. Seubert broke a bone in his left hand early in camp, but the veteran has been practicing and is expected to be ready for the season opener next month.
The Giants have used William Beatty at left tackle and moved starting tackle David Diehl to guard while Snee sat out.
Coughlin does not know what position Andrews will play, but Andrews said he is willing to play at tackle or guard. The Giants, who waived offensive lineman Cliff Louis, have monitored Andrews' rehab for months and were one of several teams interested in him, according to the former Pro Bowler.
Now, like former teammate Donovan McNabb, Andrews is playing for a rival in the NFC East.
Andrews signed with the Giants at 1:45 a.m. ET. As his agent and the team were hammering out the contract, Andrews played the video game "Angry Birds" on his iPad.
"Isn't that ironic?" Andrews said with a laugh.
"It was a lot," Andrews said of his time in Philadelphia. "I don't really want to harp on that. The past is the past. The only time I look into the rear view is for the cops, and I don't speed. I kind of leave that where it is."
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.More from ESPNNewYork.com »