49ers among finalists to land All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell, per report

Ross Cockrell New York Giants

49ers among finalists to land All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell, per report

Norwell's deal with Jacksonville can not be made official until the new NFL league year starts on Wednesday afternoon.

Norwell and the Jaguars have agreed to a five-year, $66.5 million, with $30 million fully guaranteed deal.

And for what it's worth, Pro Football Focus would rank Norwell third among guards last season.




The Panthers signed right guard Trai Turner and left tackle Matt Kalil to contracts last season, limiting their ability to retain Norwell. Norwell's contract sets new highs for guards in terms of total value, average per year and guaranteed money a year after Kevin Zeitler of the Browns did the same.

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

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. It was known that the Panthers couldn't retain Norwell, and many assumed Norwell was bound for NY to reunite with Dave Gettleman, the former Panthers GM who signed him in free agency after he went undrafted in 2014. In 2016, Norwell allowed just two sacks for the season.

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