The Giants announced Friday that they have signed two-time Pro Bowl OG Shawn Andrews, a former first-round draft choice of the Eagles. Andrews was at the University at Albany Thursday for a workout and signed with the Giants early Friday morning. To make room on their roster for Andrews, the Giants waived OL Cliff Louis.
Andrews, a 6-4, 330-pound seventh-year veteran, played only two games the previous two seasons — none in 2009 — because of a back injury.
"Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn's progress for awhile now," Giants GM Jerry Reese said. "He looks great and had a very good workout for us yesterday. He can play both guard and both tackle positions. We just have to take him slow for the rest of the preseason to get him into game shape. Shawn is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to play for the New York Giants."
Andrews was Philadelphia's first-round draft choice in 2004, the 16th pick overall. He immediately won the starting ORG job, but suffered a fractured fibula in the season opener, ending his season.
He started all 16 games in ’05 and was voted a Pro Bowl alternate. He was a Pro Bowler in both ’06 and ’07.
Andrews started the first two games of the ’08 season, but was then placed on injured reserve with a back injury. He re-injured his back early in training camp last year and again spent the season on injured reserve. The Eagles terminated his contract after he failed a physical in March.
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