The Jacksonville Jaguars would be getting the best guard available.
A few weeks, the thought of pursuing Joe Thuney might’ve been inconceivable. However, things change in the blink of an eye and if the Jaguars move on from Andrew Norwell, the former North Carolina State product will be the best guard available in the open market.
A third-round selection by the New England Patriots in 2016, Thuney has spent his five-year career in Foxborough, appearing in 80 games and starting all of them. An NFC personnel executive told Matt Lombardo of FanSided that he views the guards as a ‘tough and smart player‘ and added that he may not be special but ‘what he has going for him heading into free agency is that he’s durable and still relatively young’.
This executive is right, as Thuney joined the Patriots’ offensive line since Day 1 of his rookie season and started every game ever since. On the other hand, it wouldn’t make much sense to release Norwell because of his salary just to sign another guard that will possibly earn the same amount of money in 2021.
If the Jaguars are going to make a significant investment in Thuney, it will be because they think he will be a considerable upgrade over Norwell. If they don’t think he will be, they might as well look for other more affordable options in the open market.