Word from Ian Rapoport is that the Carolina Panthers are looking to franchise their kicker (!) Graham Gano and let their premier guard Andrew Norwell hit the free agent market. Norwell of course is an all-pro and rated as one of the top 4 guards in the league. The coin would likely be $12.5 mill a year as the last 2 guards who got their coin got $11.5 mill (Raiders guard Gabe Jackson), and $12 mill (Kevin Zeitler, Browns).
The reason being money of course. If they franchise George Norwell. then the Carols have to pay him upwards of $14 mill for that one year. Thing is though, it’s pretty short-sighted to let the guy walk when he’s a top guy, and the Cowboys are set to hand the keys to the bank to guard Zach Martin since his rookie deal is done. He stands to make $14 mill, if not more, himself, so the market for guards is high. And it even gets higher with Quentin Nelson looking to come off the draft board in the top 5.
So, if Animal Farm is really coming out, we’d better be ready with our own bank truck.