Andrew Norwell to pass on Colts, sign with Jaguars


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.

The 49ers are considering making a significant addition to their offensive line through free agency as the free agent negotiating period begins Monday.

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 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.

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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 move upgrades the interior of the Jaguars line, which should make both Leonard Fournette and Blake Bortles happy as they head into the 2018 season.

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.