It’s no secret that New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman badly wants All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell to come east, but a new report claims it’s already a done deal.
After all, it was Dave Gettleman who acquired Andrew Norwell in 2014 when he was general manager of the Carolina Panthers and this came after now beastly guard went undrafted. Some felt the reason why he went undrafted was due to questions about his athleticism.
Now, those questions are meaningless as according to Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst, the 2017 First-Team All-Pro guard to the New York Giants once the 2018 free agency period opens up is already a “done deal.”
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert has Norwell ranked as the fourth best free agent on the market. According to reports, the Giants are willing to pay Norwell $13 million annually which would make him the highest paid guard in NFL history.
If the Giants do acquire him, it will go a long way to revamping the offensive line which Gettleman and Pat Shurmur addressed as the top priority.
Acquiring Norwell will also surely improve the Giants ground game which was ranked 26th a season ago.
Another lineman on the Giants radar is former Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson who’s widely regarded as the best lineman in this year’s draft class, furthering that notion with a most impressive performance at this past weekend’s NFL combine.
The speculation is that the Giants won’t draft a quarterback with the second pick in the draft, and if the Browns select Saquon Barkley with the first pick, taking Nelson becomes a viable option.
If the Giants acquire Norwell and Nelson, they’ll have one of the better guard duos in the league and will be able to bring back the Giant tradition of smash-mouth football.