Carolina Panthers guard Andrew Norwell recently hired high-profile agent Drew Rosenhaus, and it’s not a coincidence that the move came now.
Norwell is in a contract year and is set to become a restricted free agent. He also just watched his counterpart Trai Turner, also a Rosenhaus client, rake in a nice four-year, $45 million extension immediately prior to training camp.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported on Sunday that Norwell hopes to get a deal done before the season begins.
But general manager Marty Hurney told the Observer that he has not started contract negotiations in regards to Norwell.
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Norwell worked his way up from an undrafted free agent in 2014 to a full-time starter. He has been lauded as one of the best guards in the league by Pro Football Focus, which ranks him as Carolina’s highest-graded lineman.
As a restricted free agent this past winter, Norwell, 25, received a second-round tender worth $2.75 million this season. In an interview with the Observer earlier this month, Norwell said he hopes to stay with the Panthers.