49ers among finalists to land All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell, per report

Ross Cockrell New York Giants

Report: 49ers linked to top free agent offensive lineman Andrew Norwell

The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to harpoon the top offensive lineman in free agency. Former Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was attempting to lure Norwell to the Giants as part of a rebuilt offensive line. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has since reported that the newly inked pact is a three-year deal worth $42 million with $25 million coming in the form of guaranteed money. Right guard Brandon Fusco is a free agent and left guard Laken Tomlinson is entering the final year of his contract after an uneven 2017.

Norwell was a mainstay at left guard since being inserted into the Panthers' starting lineup as an undrafted rookie in 2014.

A potentially far more cost-effective offensive line option, Hubbard earned a 69.6 Pro Football Focus grade ("below average") past year. Robinson notably appeared in less than one game for the Jaguars this past season after tearing his ACL in Week 1 against the rival Houston Texans.

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The Panthers placed a second-round tender on the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Norwell before last season, guaranteeing him $2.75 million.

San Francisco last season allowed 43 sacks, tied for the seventh most in the NFL.

The 49ers might also consider offensive line upgrades in the National Football League draft.

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