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.
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.