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Shawn Andrews has until next March to make the team (and make some money)

The Giants signed former Eagles left tackle Shawn

The Giants signed former Eagles left tackle Shawn Andrews, who has a history of injuries but is a three-time Pro Bowler. Photo Credit: AP File

By the way, here’s the breakdown on the Shawn Andrews contract with the Giants. I know it was reported on Friday in various places, but hey, I live a long way from Albany and it was a rough drive home.

Here’s a sentence that I bet has never been typed in NFL contract history (unless someone else might have already:

It’s a six-year, $32.5 million deal with a quarter of a million guaranteed.

Whaaaa?

It’s really a one-year tryout deal for the 2010 season at $1.5 million (a $250,000 signing bonus, the only guaranteed money in the package, plus a base salary of $1.25 million).

Now, if he’s still on the roster in the spring of 2011, that’s when he starts to cash in. He’ll get a $3.5 million roster bonus in late March and then a base salary of $3 million. He’ll get $1 million roster bonuses for the next four years of the contract and have a base salary of $4.5 million per year for the 2012-15 seasons.

He also gets a $500,000 workout bonus each of the five remaining years after this one.

If he’s the old Shawn Andrews, it’s a good deal for the Giants. If he’s an old Shawn Andrews, it’s a good deal for the Giants. They can pull the plug at any time with very little financial consideration. It’s a kind of pay-as-you-go contract.
 

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