Report: Eagles Have Traded Stacy Andrews to Seattle

Written By Bob Cunningham On Saturday, September 04, 2010

Andrews wanted out, and is now very, very far away.

According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles have sent offensive lineman Stacy Andrews to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a late-round pick in next year's draft.

The trade allows the Eagles to get out of paying any money to Andrews and sticks the Seahawks with paying him at least $5 million this season, unless of course they convinced him to re-work his contract.

Apparently there is some concern from the league office that the trade was actually not completed before the 6:00PM EST deadline, but I don't see that actually affecting anything. At the very worst the league makes both teams do some quick roster shuffling and change a few timestamps.

Either way, Andrews will be on his way to Seattle and newcomer Reggie Wells is likely to take over as the starting right guard since Nick Cole is still not at 100 percent.

This is the best scenario for both sides. Andrews clearly wasn't happy with the move to right guard, but with Winston Justice's emergence there was no need for him at right tackle as they might have thought when they brought him in.

So, for the Eagles, there were really only two choices: either keep him on the roster as a starter or backup and hope he doesn't cause a problem, or trade him. There was no way they were going to cut him and pay him $5 million to either sit at home or play for a different team.

And for the Seahawks, they could be getting a quality right tackle for next to nothing other than Andrews' somewhat bloated contract.

But ask me to feel sorry for Paul Allen having to spend a little extra money and I might laugh until I fall over and literally split my sides.

Getting all they could for Andrews has got to have the Eagles pleased, but it better have them very worried as well. Right now, the only guys they have to step in are Wells and Cole, but Wells is brand new and Cole is dinged up.

Starting Wells might not be an option if he can't at least start grasping the playbook very, very soon, and Cole might not be healthy enough in just over a week to be the man. So even though one problem has been solved, another very big problem has arisen.

UPDATE: According to Chris Mortensen, the league has given both teams the green light and the trade is official.

UPDATE #2: Howie Roseman says Nick Cole is the starting right guard. For now.

UPDATE #3: The team was forced to cut Max Jean-Gilles to get the roster under 53, but say they want to resign him as soon as possible.

UPDATE #4: Eagles receive seventh-round pick for Andrews. Wow.

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