Washington Redskins Sign CB Josh Norman; 5-Year, $75 Million
The Washington Redskins sign CB Josh Norman to a 5 year, $75 million deal. The contract is reported to include $51.1 million guaranteed, the most ever for a Defensive Back.
Norman’s average salary per season will be $15 million, which bests the contract of Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, with averages just over $14 million per season, which will make Norman the highest paid Cornerback in the National Football League.
Norman’s NFL Career Thus Far
Josh Norman was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In his 4 seasons with the Panthers, Norman recorded 181 tackles with 37 passes defended, 7 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 touchdowns.
During the 2015 season Norman was named Pro Football Writers Associations Most Improved Player of the Year, along with his new teammate from the Washington Redskins, QB Kirk Cousins.
Norman is widely considered to be the best cornerback in the NFL as he was a key member of the defense on the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers during their 2016 Super Bowl run.
Why It Didn’t Work Out With Carolina
The Carolina Panthers placed the franchise tag on Norman a month ago. The tag would have guaranteed him 13.9 million dollars for the upcoming season. Norman never signed the franchise tender and was believed to be planning to skip the first part of the offseason workouts, which began this past Monday.
Norman was reportedly seeking a long-term contract between $15 and $16 million per season. The Panthers did offer Norman a contract for close to $11 million per season and they never budged off of that number.
Following several weeks of negotiations between the Panthers and Norman’s agent, both sides realized that a deal would not be completed, so the Panthers decided to rescind the franchise tag that they previously placed on Norman, immediately making him an unrestricted free agent.
Thursday, Carolina Panthers’ General Manager David Gettleman said the Panthers chose to rescind the tag because of the flexibility the franchise would have without it counting towards its salary cap number.
Once Norman became an unrestricted free agent, there were several teams who expressed interest. However, the Washington Redskins were the most aggressive team and the team that was able to secure a visit with Norman first. The Redskins brass were able to make a strong impression on Norman.
Norman sites the playoff caliber team around him as the reason why he wanted to join the Redskins. Norman is projected to be the missing piece on the Washington Redskins defense that struggled last season in pass coverage.
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