Jaguars, Norwell agree to $66.5M contract


Offensive lineman Andrew Norwell #68 of the Carolina Panthers waits for the snap on the line of scrimmage against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Norwell's deal with Jacksonville can not be made official until the new NFL league year starts on Wednesday afternoon.

As first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter early Tuesday morning, Norwell is planning to sign a five-year, $66.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Carolina Panthers offensive guard Andrew Norwell sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Chicago.

The 26-year-old will become the NFL's highest-paid guard, averaging $13.3 million in annual salary. The deal includes $30 million in fully guaranteed money.

The Norwell signing comes as a bit of a surprise because the New York Giants were reportedly close to landing the top-rated guard.

The move upgrades the interior of the Jaguars line, which should make both Leonard Fournette and Blake Bortles happy as they head into the 2018 season.

San Francisco last season allowed 43 sacks, tied for the seventh most in the NFL.