It was fascinating to see Shawn Andrews interact with fans and critics just minutes after he was released by the Eagles last week.
He answered questions directly and addressed speculation about his past and future.
But it looks like that kind of back and forth won't continue for Andrews. After changing his Twitter tag from ShawnAndrews73 to MrRandom73, he announced yesterday in one final Tweet that he's done:
TWITTER ITS BEEN REAL GOOD TO MEET "CHALL".. HOPE EVERYONE SUCEEDS @ WHATEVER YALL SET FOR IN LIFE. MY LAST TWEET. SHAWN
That was Saturday afternoon at 1:31 p.m., and there's been nothing from Andrews since.
The use of Twitter by athletes presents an interesting discussion. I felt like Twitter was good for Andrews. Even though he was away from the team last year, Twitter allowed Andrews to keep fans (and the media) up to date on what he was doing and what progress he was making (and what he was eating, of course, also).
His Tweets were pretty harmless. Gonzo described them in a column a couple weeks ago. But perhaps to teams or others who are not familiar with what Twitter actually is, Andrews' little hobby (like music) could be perceived as another distraction, or another non-football related activity that didn't need to be publicized.
Meanwhile, no reports of teams showing interest in Andrews have surfaced, but that's not surprising. I wouldn't expect anyone to take a look until Andrews is further along in rehabbing from his most recent back surgery. Obviously, as we've seen in the past, a specific time period with Andrews is difficult to predict, but it would be reasonable to think he might have to wait until training camp before seriously exploring his options.