Jacksonville Jaguars restructure Andrew Norwell’s contract for 2020.

Andrew Norwell #68 (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Andrew Norwell #68 (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars and left guard Andrew Norwell have worked to restructure his 2020 contract, according to multiple sources.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have renegotiated the contract of left guard Andrew Norwell according to Field Yates and other sources. Per Yates, Norwell, who signed a free-agent contract with the Jaguars in 2018, will earn a base salary of $9 million this season with an opportunity for incentives that will drive the price up an additional $2.5 million.

As part of his contract for 2020, Norwell, who played in Carolina before with the Jaguars, was scheduled to make $11.5M this season but it was not guaranteed.

The coaching staff has high hopes for the offensive line this coming season now that the unit will be working for offensive line coach George Warhop for a second season. The Jaguars gave up 33 sacks when quarterback Gardner Minshew was on the field in 14 games. They must do a better job of protecting him in 2020.

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The left side of the offensive line has been a concern the past two seasons with Norwell and Cam Robinson playing together in 2019 and Robinson being injured almost all of 2018 because of a torn ACL. The line was decimated by injuries that season but remained intact basically the entire year un Warhop’s watch.

The Jaguars did not bring in free agents to help the offensive line this offseason other than re-signing Tyler Shatley and only drafted Ben Bartch in the fourth round this past weekend. There is some talk that Bartch could compete with either Robinson or Norwell. He could also be moved to the right side to replace either A.J. Cann or Will Richardson.

Originally, Norwell was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ prized free agent in 2018 after he was an All-Pro in 2017 with the Panthers. He agreed to a five-year deal for $66,500,000 with $30,000,000 guaranteed, according to Spotrac.com. He did not play well in his first season in Jacksonville, which led to criticism from the local media. Last season, he did play with more consistency.

Right now, according to Spotrac, the Jaguars have more than $19M in cap space, which also includes the $17.8M owed to Yannick Ngakoue if he signs his franchise tag tender. Based on the new deal, Norwell is now the third-highest paid player on the roster behind Ngakoue and Leonard Fournette for this coming season.

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