Panthers place second-round tender on OL Andrew Norwell
Posted March 7
Charlotte, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers have placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent offensive guard Andrew Norwell, the team announced Tuesday morning.
Carolina has the right of first refusal on any contract offers extended to Norwell by the league’s April 21 deadline. The Panthers would receive a second-round draft pick if they do not match another team’s offer.
The Panthers signed Norwell as an unrestricted rookie free agent in 2014 after a four-year collegiate career at Ohio State.
Norwell started in all 16 games last season. He has appeared in 39 games with 38 starts since joining the Panthers.
Center Tyler Larsen and punter Michael Palardy were also tendered as exclusive rights free agents.
Larsen was forced into action last season due to several injuries on the offensive line. He appeared in nine games last season with five starts.
Palardy took over the starting punter position after veteran Andy Lee was placed on injured reserve with a pulled hamstring after the team’s Week 10 loss to Kansas City.
The Tennessee alumnus started in seven games last season for Carolina, averaging 42.5 yards per punt with a long of 56 yard and 13 punts inside the 20-yard line.