The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to make sure their return to the postseason wasn’t a one year fluke. With a defense headlined by an elite pair of corners and a pass rush that has almost every team scared, they turned their attention to the offensive side of the ball. With quarterback Blake Bortles locked in for another few years, they need to make sure their investment pays off. That’s why they inked offensive lineman Andrew Norwell to a long-term, big money deal.
The former Carolina Panthers guard will head to Florida on a five-year, $66.5 million deal and will become the NFL’s highest paid guard.
Following comes from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Former Panthers’ G Andrew Norwell intends to sign with the Jaguars on a 5-year deal for $66.5 million, including $30M fully guaranteed, source tells ESPN. He is going to become NFL’s highest paid guard – $13.3 million average.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Norwell, 26, played in all 16 games for the Panthers last season and Pro Football Focus had him ranked as the third guard out of 77 eligible players. He also finished last season as their top rated pass blocker in the NFL.
Andrew Norwell earned the top pass block grade among guards in 2017! pic.twitter.com/ObIDf3WfMa
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 11, 2018
Norwell originally joined the Panthers in 2014 as an undrafted free agent in 2014.