Andrews signs 4-year deal with Pats

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Super Bowl champion and former Georgia Bulldog David Andrews signed a four-year, $9.615 million contract extension recently with the New England Patriots with an additional $2.1 million in play time incentives.

Andrews was undrafted in 2015 after graduating from Georgia, but signed as a free agent with Patriots a few weeks after the draft.

Due to injuries to starting center Bryan Stork and reserve Ryan Wendell, Andrews started the first 10 games of the 2015 season.

In the 2016 season, Andrews accounted for 99.9 percent of the Patriots snaps at center.

Andrews started every game for the Patriots in 2016 and quickly formed a bond with future hall-of-fame quarterback Tom Brady.

“He’s a great kid, a lot of fun to be out there with,” Brady once told reporters about Andrews. “I can’t say enough good things about him.”

In fan voting for the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, Andrews was in the top two at the center position, but was ultimately not selected for the event.

The new deal raises Andrews’ salary from $615,000 to $1,320,000 in 2017.

Andrews will also receive a $1.6 million signing bonus as part of the newly structured deal.

In 2018, his cap hit will be $1,700,000. It will raise to $2,800,000 in 2019 and the final season of the contract in 2020 that number will jump to $3,800,000.

The deal appears to include $300,000 in per-game active roster bonuses in 2017 ($18,750 per game) and $400,000 in 201 through 2019 according to Miguel Benzan of

His grandmother, Era Andrews, lives in Andalusia.