The New England Patriots have reportedly signed center David Andrews to an extension. How did they do on this deal?
It has been a very busy offseason for the New England Patriots after winning their fifth Super Bowl. They were able to navigate free agency and the NFL Draft rather well, and they are in a position to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
As a great organization, the Patriots are always looking ahead. Even though the Patriots still had center David Andrews under contract, they decided to avoid what could have been a messy situation as a restricted free agent.
The two sides agreed to a three-year, $9 million extension. Andrews will be entering his third season with the Patriots, but he has already proven to be a solid starter for New England.
For the Patriots, getting Andrews to sign this extension is a home run. A center of Andrews’ caliber is worth more than $3 million per season, but the Patriots giving him some money early on helped them achieve this great deal.
Andrews will still be making $615,000 in 2017, and then he will be making an average of $3 million through the 2020 season priors to becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
By comparison, New York Jets center Wesley Johnson will be making just shy of $3 million in 2017. With all due respect to Johnson, Andrews is the better and more proven player. However, he will be making pretty close to the same amount of money.
At just 24-years-old, Andrews could certainly get even better for New England during the course of the contract. Having Andrews locked up for the next few seasons is a very good thing for the Patriots. With him in the middle of the offensive line, the unit has been much better the past few seasons. Now, he won’t be going anywhere.