The Jacksonville Jaguars made a big splash in free agency to get things started, signing guard Andrew Norwell to a huge deal. Norwell, 26, wasn’t someone most thought the Jaguars would target because of his price tag and they’re limited cap space, but the team is going to try to make it work and beef up their offensive line.
I’m sure most aren’t digging through Carolina Panthers offensive line tape, so I went ahead and asked Bradley Smith of Cat Scratch Reader for his thoughts on the former UDFA.
Andrew Norwell is a nice success story. He was a UDFA in 2014 and was never expected to contribute much for the Panthers. He ended up winning the starting left guard job and flourished, resulting in an All-Pro season in 2017. The Panthers would have likely tried to retain him if they didn’t already have several options who can fill in at left guard in his absence, or if they didn’t already tie up four-years, $45 million in right guard Trai Turner last July.
According to all the information available to us, Norwell is a great locker room guy and an overall good dude. He should fit in nicely with the Jaguars. On the field, he’s a mauler at left guard and according to one report is the only offensive lineman in the NFL who didn’t allow his quarterback to be touched all season.
tl;dr - He’s a pretty good dude off the field and an absolute beast on it. He definitely deserves to be one of the highest paid guards in the NFL and I’m bummed that he will no longer be a Panther.
Sounds good to me!