Josh Norman, the All-Pro cornerback, will meet with the Washington Redskins on Friday, few days after the Carolina Panthers shockingly rescinded the franchise tag on him.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers are also among the teams showing interest in the 28-year-old cornerback. Schefter also reported that Norman’s new deal would likely be a five-year contract around $15 million per year. “Five-year deals are being discussed with both Washington and San Francisco,” reads an ESPN report.
Josh Norman hires a new agent…
After becoming an unrestricted free agent, Norman reportedly hired a new agent with hopes of securing a lucrative contract. “Norman has switched from Michael George of SFX to Ryan Williams of Athletes First. George will still be on Norman’s representation team, but Williams will negotiate Norman’s next contract,” according to Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports.
On Thursday, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman tried to justify his team’s decision to rescind Norman’s tag by calling it a “business decision.” Gettleman argued that the Panthers needed some flexibility in its payroll and would have jeopardized that by signing Norman to a long-term deal. “You have to understand you can’t keep everybody. It’s impossible. So now you have to decide who you’re going to allow to graduate. We’ve got some really good, young talent. This was a business decision. That’s what this is folks, a business decision,” Gettleman said during a press conference.
Panthers already moving on…
In fact, both Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera were fine with Norman’s plan to not attend the offseason workout sessions which began on Monday. “When we decided to place the franchise tag on Josh, we were fine with him signing it and then working on a long-term deal. As we got deeper into conversations, we realized it was a significant difference between our thoughts and theirs.
“The intervening weeks gave us additional time to evaluate where we’re going as a franchise. With the realization a deal was not going to get done, our internal conversations kept leading us to the fact that the one-year deal was becoming less and less attractive.”
According to ESPN, Josh Norman was “seeking between $15 million and $16 million a year” but couldn’t work out an agreement with the Panthers. Will Redskins agree to Norman’s terms?