Whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, Jerry Reese will have 30 days to make a decision on Shawn Andrews.
The offensive lineman is scheduled to collect a $3.5 million bonus on the 30th day of the league’s new year. Of course, Andrews’ surgically-repaired back gave the talented lineman trouble.
After battling to come back from a career-threatening back injury that kept him out since he played two games in 2008, Andrews returned this season and started four games at left tackle. But he was inactive for three weeks from the end of November to the middle of December with a back injury that required hospitalization at one point.
“I think when you have the back issues, he’s had back issues, you probably are going to always have some issues that you have to deal with and you have to manage,” Reese said. “So the rest of his career, I think that is just a problem he’s going to have to manage.”
When asked if he has thought about committing financially to Andrews with the potential of more back issues, Reese said, “All that is part of our process. We have thought about all that stuff.”
If healthy, Andrews could start at left tackle with David Diehl sliding over to left guard while guard Rich Seubert recovers from surgery to repair a dislocated kneecap.