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Case for Andrew Norwell signing with Giants … and 49ers … and Colts

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One team’s discarded All-Pro is another team’s dream free-agent signing.

Actually, make that another three teams. 

While the Panthers opted not to offer a long-term contract extension to or franchise tag Andrew Norwell, the Giants zeroed in on the All-Pro guard as their No. 1 priority long before Monday’s start of the so-called legal tampering period for negotiating with players on other teams.

But they have company: Norwell, 26, will decide between the Giants, Colts and 49ers, according to Norwell likely will surpass Browns guard Kevin Zeitler (five years, $60 million with $31.5 million guaranteed) as the highest-paid guard in the NFL whenever he signs.

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Free-agent contracts can be signed as of 4 p.m. Wednesday. Here is the case for all three teams….

Giants: Familiarity rules here, as the Giants slowly are becoming Carolina North. 

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman signed Norwell to a rookie free agent contract in 2014, giving him a chance after all 32 teams passed on the Ohio State three-year starter. Norwell was starting by the middle of his rookie season and hasn’t stopped improving since then.

Offensive coordinator Mike Shula was the play-caller during Norwell’s entire stint with the Panthers. His offense is power run-oriented and Norwell is a road-grader.

Former Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart reportedly is visiting the Giants on Tuesday.

The Giants are in desperate need of offensive line help and view Norwell as the centerpiece of a rebuilt foundation. Gettleman made it clear he is willing to spend big on a guard who can contain a pass rush up the middle and keep his quarterback “out of the hospital.”

Colts: Money, money, money, moooney.

While the Giants can make Norwell the highest-paid guard, the Colts really can blow him out of the water. They have the third-highest amount of salary cap space in the NFL ($72.1 million), according to

Like the Giants, the Colts have a major need on the offensive line, where left tackle Anthony Castonzo and center Ryan Kelly are the only solidified starters.

Quarterback Andrew Luck played behind a porous offensive line for years and it caught up to the Colts, who played without Luck for the entire 2017 season and finally realize they have to protect one of the NFL’s best assets.

49ers: Winning comes first.

Norwell got a taste of winning with the Panthers, who have been to the playoffs in three of the last four years, including one Super Bowl appearance.

While the Giants, Colts and 49ers all missed the playoffs last season, the 49ers appear closest to taking the next step. After an 0-9 start, the 49ers won six of their final seven games, including all five with Jimmy Garoppolo as starting quarterback.

The Giants have 37-year-old likely Hall of Famer Eli Manning at quarterback and the Colts have injury-plagued Pro Bowler Andrew Luck, but Garoppolo is the highest-paid player in the NFL (five years, $137.5 million) after starting the 2017 season as Tom Brady’s backup.

Coach Kyle Shanahan’s

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