The Jacksonville Jaguars were expected to be active in NFL free agency, but they decided they didn’t want to be active and go out and make another splash. The Jaguars and former Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Andrew Norwell are expected to agree to a deal once free agency actually begins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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 was on a lot of Jaguars fans wish lists for free agency, but after passing on an expensive guard market last offseason and making Brandon Linder the highest paid center in the NFL, it seemed they might pass on the only top tier free agent guard available.
The Jaguars were the No. 1 rush offense last season, but a lot of that was smoke and mirrors and when they really had to run the ball, they were not that effective. Adding Norwell should help the Jaguars offensive line across the board.
The Jaguars will now have both the highest paid guard and the highest paid center in the NFL on the same line.