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Andrew Norwell to be the highest paid guard in the NFL with new $66.5 million deal with the Jaguars

The Buckeye will move to Jacksonville on a five-year contact.

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It was no secret that former Ohio State OG Andrew Norwell would be landing a huge new contract during NFL free agency, but the Buckeye will now be the highest paid guard in the league with a new 5-year, $66.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Adam Schefter. With $30 million in guarantees, it’s no wonder Norwell is expected to accept the deal.

Coming out of Ohio State as an undrafted free agent, he slowly earned his stripes and became a pivotal player on Carolina’s offensive line. Norwell hasn’t missed a game since the 2015 season, and was voted to the Pro Bowl for his dominant effort in 2017. His breakout season came at the perfect time, and gave him a lot of leverage heading into free agency.

As much as the Panthers would have liked to keep Norwell on their line, it wasn’t entirely surprising that they couldn’t afford to keep him. Having already signed his counterpart to a big-money deal last season, they wouldn’t be able to match the $13.3 million a year price tag he was able to fetch.

Over at SB Nation, they are grading the moves made in free agency, and gave Norwell’s signing a “B”.

Grade: B

Interior line didn’t seem like a massive need for the Jags. They already had a pretty effective run game last year and the fifth-best sack rate, but this makes both of those areas even better. Norwell, according to PFF, was the best pass blocking guard in the league last year. One less excuse for Blake Bortles to stink.

Still, five years at $66.5 million and $30 million fully guaranteed feels like a luxury move.

Norwell has to be happy with the outcome, and will now be headed to a Jaguars team on the rise.

Buckeye Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Team STATUS
Player Pos. Age Team STATUS
Alex Boone G 30 ARI UFA
Nate Ebner FS 28 NE Re-signed (NE)
Johnathan Hankins DT 26 IND UFA
Carlos Hyde RB 26 SF Signed (CLE)
Jake McQuaide LS 30 LA Re-signed (LA)
Jack Mewhort G 26 IND Re-signed (IND)
Andrew Norwell G 26 CAR Signed (JAX)
Tyvis Powell S 23 SF ERFA
Terrelle Pryor WR 28 WAS Signed (NYJ)