This may be a tough one for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Guard Andrew Norwell has been a stud for the Jaguars since he joined the team back in 2018. During his three-year stint in Jacksonville the Ohio State product has missed eight games with injuries but has been an asset when he’s on the field.
However, Norwell is set to make $15 million in 2021 and the ‘Jags’ could save $9 million with a $6 million cap hit if they moved on from him. Last season, he played on 77 percent of the team’s total snaps on offense and allowed three sacks and 15 total pressures. While the guard been a solid player, the team’s brass could get similar production from someone on a more affordable salary.
This doesn’t mean Norwell needs to start cleaning out his locker. The ‘Jags’ can easily afford the remainder of his salary, which runs until 2022. On the other hand, it’s uncertain what kind of moves the team plans to make in free agency, and if they find themselves running short on cash, parting ways with the guard would be one of the first options they might consider.
Releasing Norwell would be kind of shocking. Then again, you should always expect the unexpected when it comes to the NFL. The Jaguars are in a rebuilding process and could make a couple of moves nobody saw coming.