The Jacksonville Jaguars have their work cut off their offseason. They had a hard time scoring and ranked near the bottom of most meaningful offensive categories in 2020. If they want to be able to put some points on the board in 2021, they will need upgrades at quarterback, tight end, left tackle, and if a recent report comes to fruition, the left guard position too.
The Jags are strongly considering trading left guard Andrew Norwell even though it may be unlikely because of his 2021 salary, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. The Ohio State product is set to count $15 million against the cap and releasing him would open up $9 million in cap space with $6 million in dead money.
If Jacksonville ultimately moves on from Norwell, it will probably be because of his salary. Although he’s been solid, his on-field performance hasn’t been proportional to the five-year $66.5 million contract he signed in 2018. At the time, he was coming off his first Pro Bowl campaign and it looked like it was going to be the first one of many.
However, Norwell hasn’t been named to another Pro Bowl during his three-year stint in Jacksonville. The team’s brass could ask him to take a pay cut in order to stay in 2021 but if they end up moving on from him, they will need to find someone to fill in at left guard, and here are three potential free-agent replacements.