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David Andrews Inks Contract Extension to Stay in New England

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New England Patriots center David Andrews talks with reporters during a media availability before NFL football practice, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

David Andrews was one of 26 New England Patriots players set to become unrestricted free agents in 2025. That number is now down to 25 after it was reported Andrews and the team have agreed to an extension that will keep him with the club through the 2025 season. ESPN’s Field Yates was the first to report the agreement.

The Patriots originally signed Andrews as an undrafted free agent from Georgia following the 2015 NFL Draft. He since played nine seasons in New England, winning two Super Bowls. Andrews ties with long snapper Joe Cardona for the longest current tenure on the team.

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Pro Football Focus gave David Andrews a grade of 71.2 for his 2023 performance. It was his lowest grade since 2020, but still a solid season. Andrews’ highest grade (83.5) came in 2017. His run-blocking graded out significantly higher than his pass-blocking last season. He allowed 30 QB pressures and six sacks. Andrews had previously never allowed more than two sacks in a season.

Team Captain

Andrews has already been named a team captain seven times during his career. But he will not be counted on as a leader for just the offensive line. His experience should help him shape all of the younger players. This is especially true for Drake Maye, New England’s first-round rookie quarterback.

“I think it’s a long year for a lot of the rookies, and as a veteran, you’ve got to be tough on them. You’ve got to help them try to achieve,” said Andrews. “I believe that cause a lot of the veterans were hard on me. They pushed me a lot. That’s how you learn: Getting pushed and challenged.”

Andrews added of Drake Maye, “I’m super excited to get to work with him.”

David Andrews is entering his tenth NFL season. The 31-year-old has been an invaluable asset to the New England Patriots, both on and off the field. Despite his incredible leadership and advice, keeping his young quarterback upright is still the most important part of his job. For a player who has spent their entire career in New England, it is welcoming news to Patriots fans that their center is staying put for at least an extra year.

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