Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Former Panthers OG Andrew Norwell Expected To Sign With Jacksonville

Former Panthers OG Andrew Norwell Expected To Sign With Jacksonville

The Jaguars extended a contract offer that would make Norwell the highest-paid guard in league history with a five-year, $66.5 million deal including $30 million guaranteed.

Any offensive lineman entering negotiations with the Giants suddenly has some more leverage after seeing Norwell go to the Jaguars.

Carolina wanted to keep Norwell, but after a 2017 offseason in which it gave an extension to right guard Trai Turner (four years, $45 million) and signed free-agent tackle Matt Kalil (five years, $55.5 million), the salary cap was too tight to do so.

Norwell, 26, entered the National Football League as an undrafted free agent and claimed the starting left guard spot in 2014.

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Speculation had linked the Panthers guard to the New York Giants because of general manager Dave Gettleman, who held the same role with Carolina when Norwell signed in 2014.

Last year's starting left guard, Patrick Omameh, is set to become a free agent this week.

Norwell started all 16 games at left guard for Carolina past year for the second straight season but the Panthers elected not to place the franchise tag on the former 2014 undrafted free agent out of Ohio State.

The Colts number one priority should be protecting Luck when he returns next season, and it appears they are trying to do just that by making a push for Norwell.

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