5 potential left guard options for Cincinnati Bengals in 2022
4. Andrew Norwell
Andrew Norwell would very much be a Cincinnati Bengals type of signing. He’s not a superstar by any stretch of the imagination but he’s never had a bad season during his eight-year career. He split the first half of his career with the Panthers and spent the second half in Jacksonville.
Pro Football Focus has Norwell as their No. 58 best free agent and praised him for his consistency in the league. He’s excellent as a pass blocker, which is exactly what the Bengals’ o-line needs, but a big knock on Norwell is his run-blocking abilities. Cincy is a team that has a solid run game when utilized so that’s something that makes me wary of Norwell.
PFF projected that Norwell will earn a three-year contract worth $21.75 million with an annual salary of $7.25 million and $15 million in guarantees. This is a reasonable deal because Norwell turns 31 in October and hasn’t been a superstar in recent years. He was an All-Pro in 2017 but since then, hasn’t been anything special.
The Bengals won’t be able to land the best player at every position so signing someone like Norwell wouldn’t shock me. He’s an experienced veteran who could help improve the pass blocking of this o-line tremendously.