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Jaguars sign Andrew Norwell | What now for Giants?

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Tom Coughlin swooped in and signed the Giants‘ top offseason target, as offensive guard Andrew Norwell agreed to a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars inked Norwell to a five-year contract worth $66.5 million, including $30 million fully guaranteed with an average salary of $13.3 million per season. 

Former Panthers’ G Andrew Norwell intends to sign with the Jaguars on a 5-year deal for $66.5 million, including $30M fully guaranteed, source tells ESPN. He is going to become NFL’s highest paid guard – $13.3 million average.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018

Norwell, a former undrafted rookie free agent of the Carolina Panthers, had been linked to the Giants in multiple reports as the NFL league year approached. Instead, he signed with Jacksonville during the Legal Tampering Period. 

The Giants had their sights set on Norwell to anchor an offensive line rebuild, but not must turn their attention elsewhere. 

What will make the task of rebuilding the offensive line through free agency particularly difficult for the Giants this year, is that there is such a limited crop of players available and teams are flush with cap space which could drive the market up even further. 

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At the guard position, ex-Titans’ Josh Kline could be an option for the Giants, but Tennessee is in talks to keep the 28-year-old in house. 

Former New England Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder could be an option to anchor the line and start opposite Ereck Flowers. However, Solder is considering an offer from the Cleveland Browns, according to multiple reports. 

Meanwhile, Justin Pugh remains an option, although he is likely eager to test the free agent market but the Giants losing out on Norwell could cause Gettleman to rethink things. 

Pugh would benefit greatly from settling into a starting job at the right guard position, but he is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday at 4p.m. 

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