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Jacksonville Jaguars LG Andrew Norwell has agreed to restructure his contract to $9 million fully guaranteed and worth up to $12 million, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The 2017 All-Pro left guard will remain in Jacksonville for 2021 under the new regime being implemented by head coach Urban Meyer. Norwell, a former lineman at Ohio State during Meyer's tenure as head coach for the Buckeyes, is talented and a road-grader within the interior of the Jaguars' offensive line. With all sights set on Trevor Lawrence at the No.1 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Meyer and the Jags understand the value and importance of continuity on the offensive line, especially to protect a mobile, athletic quarterback like Lawrence. Norwell played 13 games for Jacksonville in 2020, creating lanes that allowed rookie running back James Robinson to explode for 1,070 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Jaguars have agreed to terms with offensive guard Andrew Norwell on a five-year deal worth $66.5 million.
The contract also comes with $30 million guaranteed, giving him the second-most guaranteed money among offensive guards in the NFL. It's a great signing by them, as Norwell will immediately upgrade the run-game. There were multiple teams vying for his services, too, and you now know why the Jaguars weren't able to retain wide receiver Allen Robinson. The player who benefits most from this move is Leonard Fournette, though he was already being considered a first-round pick in fantasy drafts.
The Panthers are not expected to tag G Andrew Norwell this offseason. Norwell is one of the best guards in the league and is one of the top free agents this offseason. It's possible the Panthers re-sign him but they could easily be outbid. Teams will be lining up offers for his services once free agency begins.
Norwell provided the Panthers will a solid core in the middle with Ryan Kahlil (when healthy) and Trai Turner for Cam Newton and the running game. If Norwell leaves, the Panthers could look in the draft for his replacement. It'll be a tough loss for the running game for Jonathan Stewart.
Andrew Norwell received a second round tender from the Panthers and the deal is worth $2.746 million for this upcoming season. Norwell has been a strong addition to the Panthers offensive line which is a need in the off season. He will return as the starting LG this season while the tackle positions are a huge need for the Panthers.
Norwell has been solid for the Panthers after coming out of Ohio State in 2014. Norwell will return as the starting LG and have a new LT this season with Michael Oher still out with a concussion and Mike Remmers is a free agent.