Norwell did not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Saints after experiencing calf tightness during pre-game warmups, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
The Jaguars indicated it was a precautionary move, as it makes sense for the team to play it safe a month before the start of the regular season. Hopefully Norwell can return to practice this week and be available for next Saturday's preseason matchup at Minnesota.
The terms of Norwell's deal were released on Tuesday but he didn't officially sign with the team until Thursday. Now that the ink is dry, he's the highest paid player at his position in the NFL and will help to fortify the Jaguars offensive line for the next few years.
Norwell intends to sign a five-year, $66.5 million contract with the Jaguars when free agency opens Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Only 26 years old and widely regarded as one of the elite guards in the league, Norwell becomes the highest paid player at his position by a comfortable margin, both in terms of average annual value ($13.3 million) and guaranteed money (reportedly $30 million). This is excellent news for Leonard Fournette, the clear centerpiece of Jacksonville's run-first offense.
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