Apparently, it was meant to be, all along.
Despite several indications to the contrary, New England Patriots center and offensive captain David Andrews has agreed to re-sign with the team; apparently after testing free agency, The news of Andrews’ return was first reported Thursday night by NFL Network’s Kim Jones.
Field Yates of ESPN would later reveal that the 28-year old would be signing a four-year deal to remain in New England.
With news starting to emerge late Tuesday evening that Andrews would be testing the free agent waters in 2021, optimism started to wane that the beloved offensive line captain would be returning to Foxboro. Andrews had been a warrior on the Patriots’ offensive line since signing with the team in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. During that time, he started 69 regular season (78 including postseason) games for New England, providing stout protection for New England’s quarterbacks. Andrews won two Super Bowls with the franchise and was a perennial team captain. In fact, Andrews continued to serve in that capacity while he was sidelined in 2019, after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs.
However, David Andrews most indelible mark on the only franchise for which he has played so far, is made by the leadership and perseverance he embodies each and every day. Whether it be on the field, or in the locker room, Andrews leads by example and plays his role as assigned to the best of his ability.
Although New England agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent center Ted Karras on Wednesday, Andrews is widely expected to maintain his role as the Patriots’ starting center. He will align with an offensive line consisting of tackles Isaiah Wynn and Trent Brown, and guards Mike Onwenu and Shaq Mason. Along with Karras, Justin Herron, Korey Cunningham and Yodny Cajuste figure to compete for reserve spots in what promises to be one of the deepest and most versatile offensive lines in the NFL for 2021.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and Columnist for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. He is also the host of the Locked On Patriots podcast. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC