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Draft Scout Josh Norman News
04/23/16 - CB Josh Norman was signed by the Redskins late in the day Friday (April 22).
The team did not disclose terms of the contract, but multiple reports indicated it was a five-year, $75 million deal that will make Norman the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL.
Norman tweeted "#Hail" on Friday evening. The Redskins posted a picture on Twitter of Norman signing his contract. "Pen to paper! CB Josh Norman (@J_No24) has officially signed with the #Redskins," the team tweeted.
The New Orleans Saints were making a strong push to land Norman and were reported to be one of Norman's two final choices. The Jacksonville Jaguars also were one of the other teams pursuing him.
The 28-year-old Norman was flown by private jet to Washington by the Redskins on Friday and, according to ESPN, he was accompanied by his mother and several family members. Before leaving after the all-day visit, Norman accepted the team's offer, which reportedly included $50 million guaranteed.
Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said Friday he had contacted representatives for Norman, who became available on the open market when the Carolina Panthers rescinded his franchise tag on Wednesday.
Norman reportedly heard from about 10 NFL teams.
Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman pulled the plug when contract negotiations fell apart and Norman found little interest after the Panthers granted him permission to seek a trade.
Gettleman said Thursday at his pre-draft press conference that $13.9 million was just too much, and that the Panthers came to that realization through a series of staff meetings.
Norman, entering his fifth season in the NFL, finished 2015 with a career-best four interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. He also had 56 tackles, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while gaining acclaim as one of the league's best cornerbacks.
In his first four seasons with the Panthers, Norman started
04/20/16 - CB Josh Norman had his franchise rescinded by the Panthers Wednesday (April 20) making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Panthers made the surprising announcement in an afternoon news release.
"After a number of conversations with Josh's agent, we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable," Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said. "We have decided to rescind the franchise tag, freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well."
The 28-year-old Norman, entering his fifth season in the NFL, finished 2015 with a career-best four interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. He also had 56 tackles, 16 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries while gaining acclaim as one of the league's best cornerbacks.
In his first four seasons with the Panthers, Norman started 38 of 53 regular-season games and accumulated seven interceptions, 172 tackles, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 35 passes defensed.
Norman, selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, was the sixth player in Panthers history to have the franchise tag put on him. The last was defensive end Greg Hardy in 2014.
03/01/16 - CB Josh Norman received the franchise tag from the Panthers, a one-year tender worth $13.95 million in 2016. The Panthers and Norman can still negotiate a long-term contract and have until July 15 to reach an agreement. Norman had a career-best four interceptions last season for a Carolina team that reached the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos.
03/01/16 - CB Josh Norman had the franchise tag applied by the Panthers Tuesday (March 1), a one-year tender worth $13.952 million in 2016. The Panthers and Norman can still negotiate a long-term contract and have until July 15 to reach an agreement.
"Josh has worked hard to develop himself into a very good player," general manager Dave Gettleman said Tuesday. "We appreciate the role he plays for us in our defense and we look forward to having him back for the 2016 season."
Norman, 28, has expressed that he wants to be one of the top-paid cornerbacks in the NFL.
Norman had a career-best four interceptions last season for a Carolina team that reached the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos. Norman returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns and has seven interceptions in four NFL seasons.
"I'm excited that Josh will be back with the Panthers next season," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "He played very well for us this year and was a big part of the success we enjoyed as a team."
The 2012 fifth-round pick from Coastal Carolina emerged as a surprise standout for the Panthers after being lightly regarded coming out of college. He turns 29 during the 2016 season.
01/03/16 - CB Josh Norman has been in the spotlight for some of his antics on the field the past couple of weeks, particularly with his confrontations with New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. He's often a trash talker on the field, but he's apparently a good talker off the field, too. He received the team's Tom Berry Good Guy Award that goes annually to a player most helpful to the media.