ESPNFormer Carolina Panthers guard Andrew Norwell intends to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a five-year deal for $66.5 million, including $30 million fully guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Norwell, 26, will become the NFL’s highest-paid guard, averaging $13.3 million in annual salary. Norwell was a mainstay at left guard since being inserted into the Panthers’ starting lineup as an undrafted rookie in 2014.
Despite the fact that NFL analyst Tony Pauline reported that Andrew Norwell signing with the New York Giants was a done deal, former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin swooped in and made Norwell the highest paid guard in the NFL, when he inked a five-year deal for $66.5 million (including $30 million guaranteed) with the Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s the highest annual salary ($13.3 million) for any offensive lineman in the NFL, and while Norwell is a phenomenal player, it’s a lot of money for a guard. Norwell fits the Tom Coughlin philosophy, build from the inside out, run the football and win the game in the trenches.
As a New York Giants fan, ouch, this one stings. Not only were we penciling in Norwell as a player who would be the first piece in a totally rebuilt offensive line, but it was Tom Coughlin who stole him from the Giants, after it had been (erroneously) reported that Norwell had agreed with the Giants. Rebuilding the Giants offensive line just became much more complicated, but that being said, $13.3 million annually is a lot of money to commit to even an All Pro level guard.
NOTE: Nobody is happier about this deal than Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin, he is looking for an extension from Dallas, and Norwell just made him a very wealthy man.