Former 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.
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Norwell did not allow a sack, was Pro Football Focus' third-highest graded guard, and the top-graded pass-blocking guard in 2017. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has since reported that the newly inked pact is a three-year deal worth $42 million with $25 million coming in the form of guaranteed money.More news: Fiorentina beat Benevento in first match since captain Davide Astori's death
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Norwell wasn't invited to the combine in 2014 and went undrafted out of Ohio State, but started nine games (playing in 10) for the Panthers as a rookie, earning a starting job midway through the year.
The Norwell signing comes as a bit of a surprise because the New York Giants were reportedly close to landing the top-rated guard. He was sacked 55 and 51 times in his first two seasons.