For the second consecutive offseason, offensive guard Andrew Norwell has agreed to restructure his contract, per Ian Rapoport. Initially set to count $15 million against the cap in 2021, Norwell will now get $9 million fully guaranteed and up to $12 million. Due to the escalation terms, it appears unlikely he'll earn the maximum potential dollars in 2021.
The move saves the team a minimum of $3 million in 2021 cap space and up to $6 million. They've also agreed to void the final year of Norwell's contract in 2022, so he'll be completely off the books heading into the 2022 offseason. But that doesn't mean the two sides won't come together for a reunion tour.
Norwell is 29 years old and enters his fourth season with the Jaguars. While he hasn't lived up to his massive contract, he's been a steady contributor at left guard and a borderline elite pass protector during his time in Jax.
There were rumors from Jason La Canfora that the Jags might look to trade or release Norwell if they couldn't agree to a restructured deal. Jaguars' head coach Urban Meyer, who also coached Norwell at Ohio State, all but put that notion to bed in his pre-free-agency presser last week, saying Andrew Norwell is one of his favorite players he's ever coached.
The legal tampering window — a two-day period when teams can begin to negotiate with free agents — opens on Monday (today) at noon. Clubs can officially sign players starting Wednesday, March 17th at 4 pm, but there will be plenty of contracts agreed upon over the next two days.
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