by Justin Adkins
The Stacy Andrews Era is probably over.
The Eagles have acquired veteran guard Reggie Wells from the Arizona Cardinals in exchance for a 2011 sixth round draft pick.
The Eagles have been unhappy with the right guard situation all camp long, with Andrews never stepping up to claim the job (nor live up to the big money free agent deal he signed last season). Veteran reserve Nick Cole has been injured most of camp, and with starting center Jamaal Jackson coming off of an ACL injury himself, the Eagles O-line overall has been a point of major concern.
Enter Wells, a 6-4, 314 lb long time NFL veteran who has started 90 straight games for the Cardinals since 2003, 78 of them at left guard. With Todd Herremans cemented at left guard for the Eagles, Wells could fill the void at right guard. Wells became expendable in Arizona after the Cardinals signed perennial All-Pro Alan Faneca. Wells, 29, isn’t of that caliber (and neither is Faneca anymore), but he’s a solid presence whose experience should allow him to step in fairly quickly.
Experience notwithstanding, he’s still facing a major uphill battle to learn the Eagles offense only nine days out from the season opener with the Green Bay Packers, but he may still prove to be the best option at an uncertain position. Another player in the mix, Max Jean-Gilles, has proven to be strictly a backup, and with Andrews looking more and more like a huge free agent bust, the Eagles may have no choice but to insert Wells immediately into the starting lineup.
No word yet on whether Green Bay defensive linemen are actively licking their chops right now.
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