The Jacksonville Jaguars will open free agent by landing the top guard on the market as they have agreed with Carolina Panthers free agent guard Andrew Norwell on a 5-year, $66.5M deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
A report on Monday indicated guard Andrew Norwell had cut his list of suitors down to the Giants, 49ers and Colts, but the picture changed on Tuesday morning.
According to Pro Football Focus, Norwell was the only lineman not to allow a sack or quarterback hit in 2017. Per Over the Cap, the deal set new highs for guards in total value, average per seasons, and guarantees.
Norwell, 26, has been one of the NFL's best guards during his four seasons in Carolina. Former Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was attempting to lure Norwell to the Giants as part of a rebuilt offensive line. He has appeared in 55 games (54 starts) during his career. He will pair with second-year left tackle Cam Robinson to further improve the left side of the offensive line.
As Stapleton points out, Norwell joined the Panthers in 2014 as an undrafted free agent.
While such an injury occurred as a result of his only catch of the season, the 24-year-old tallied just the lone reception, which went for 17 yards.