Giants add Shawn Andrews

The New York Giants have rolled the dice by bringing in two-time Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews and signing him to a contract.

The former first-round draft pick of the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles, Andrews has missed all buts two games over the last two seasons with back issues. He’s also reportedly battled depression.

“Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn's progress for awhile now," general manager Jerry Reese said in a statement on the team’s Web site. “He looks great and had a very good workout for us yesterday. He can play both guard and both tackle positions. We just have to take him slow for the rest of the preseason to get him into game shape. Shawn is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to play for the New York Giants.”

The Eagles dropped the 27-year-old Andrews in March after he sat out all of last season. If his back can hold up, he could prove to be a real strong addition for the Giants. If not, he’ll be gone quickly. The Giants cleared room for him by releasing offensive lineman Cliff Louis.

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