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Former Ohio State Star Becomes Highest Paid Guard In NFL

A general view of Ohio State's football stadium.

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 19: Overall of Ohio Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University prior to the start of the Spring Game on April 19, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

One former Buckeye is getting paid.

According to Adam Schefter, former Panthers left guard Andrew Norwell will sign with the Jaguars for a five-year deal worth $13.3 million per year - making the 26-year-old the highest-paid guard in the league.

Given those figures, it should come as no surprise that Norwell is repped by sports-super agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

The 2017 First-Team All-Pro guard out of Ohio State was signed by the Panthers after going undrafted in 2014. According to NFL.com, while Carolina wanted to keep Norwell, they simply couldn't afford to drop that kind of money on another guard.

The Giants, who desperately need to bolster their offensive line, were seen as a favorite to land Norwell with former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman now in charge of Big Blue's front office. But it makes it all the more fitting that Tom Coughlin swooped in to sign Norwell.

It's hard to imagine Jacksonville improving a run game that led the league in rushing attempts and yards in 2017, but it looks like they did just through the acquisition of Norwell.

The deal can be finalized when free agency opens up on Wednesday afternoon.