Jacksonville Jaguars would be smart to extend these 3 players’ contracts

HC Urban Meyer and GM Trent Baalke of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Andrew Norwell #68 at TIAA Bank Field. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jacksonville Jaguars player that could be extended No. 2 – Andrew Norwell

When the Jaguars signed Andrew Norwell to a mega contract that made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL back in 2018, he was coming off his first First-Team All-Pro designation. Thus, it was reasonable to expect a similar performance in the following years. After three years, it’s fair to say that things haven’t played out that way.

Norwell hasn’t been bad but he hasn’t been great either. Then again, the Jags are paying the left guard to perform like a top-echelon guard. Earlier this year, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported that Norwell could be traded. In the end, he stayed with the team but ended up restructuring his contract and now is set to become a free agent next year.

Now, Norwell’s performance hasn’t been proportional to his salary but he hasn’t been atrocious either. Over the last three seasons, he’s posted Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grades of 74.2 or higher. Maybe the new regime wants to see how the Ohio State product performs in 2021 before making a decision on him.

However, giving Norwell an extension now would help the team’s brass focus their attention on other positions that are in bigger need of upgrades. After all, he’s just 29 and still has several good years left in him. He’s missed eight games over the last three years but has avoided major injuries, which is another reason why the Jags should keep him for at least a couple more years.