The New England Patriots are making a move to take care of their cap space. According to several sources, the Patriots have made a decision on David Andrews and his deal. Field Yates from ESPN was among the first to report the move.
Yates reported that the team converted about $3 million of the center’s deal into a signing bonus. Now they have extra $2 million of salary cap space. Head coach Bill Belichick needed to money to sign Cole Strange and two other rookies. New England had three unsigned rookies and the deal is sealed now.
Andrews is a key player on the Patriots’ roster. He is one of the better players Belichick has ever signed. The veteran missed a year due to a blood clot in his lungs, but returned stronger than ever. Andrews caught Belichick’s attention from the beginning and things haven’t changed at all in the last period.
Patriots have high expectations from David Andrews after restructuring his deal
In 2021, Andrews had a starting role in each and every regular-season game. He played 99% of the snaps this past season. Belichick’s center allowed just one sack, tying for fewest among all offensive linemen who saw 80% of snaps. Pro Football Focus ranked Andrews’ 98.5% pass-blocking efficiency seventh. According to NFL experts, Andrews is one of the best run-blockers in league history. Impressive, right?
The Patriots are entering an important season and Andrews will have a key role once again. His great experience and exceptional skills have helped the team win a lot of games. We have a few good reasons to believe that the veteran will repeat the same success in 2022.
New England has a different offensive line now. Several players left the team in the offseason and Josh McDaniels is no longer the Patriots offensive coordinator. The Patriots didn’t pick his successor, but Joe Judge and Matt Patricia will take care of the offense in 2022. Patricia will have a bigger role on the offensive line though. In other words, Andrews will be a pillar of the Patriots offense in September.