Jaguars, Norwell agree to $66.5M contract

Jaguars, Norwell agree to $66.5M contract

Carolina Panthers offensive guard Andrew Norwell (68) smiles before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. He is going to become NFL's highest paid guard - $13.3 million average.

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. He was named a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and has started all but one of his 55 game appearances over his four National Football League seasons, including 16 starts in each of the last two seasons.

It's a move that makes an anlready-solid offensive line for the Jaguars even stronger: led by rookie Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville had the top rushing offense in the league past year (2,262 yards, 4.3 yards per carry), and quarterback Blake Bortles had the best season of his career by far in terms of sacks. He will pair with second-year left tackle Cam Robinson to further improve the left side of the offensive line.

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PFT has learned, via a league source, that Norwell intends to sign a contract with the Jaguars when the new league year starts on Wednesday afternoon.

San Francisco last season allowed 43 sacks, tied for the seventh most in the NFL.

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