Norman was reportedly blindsided by the Panthers withdrawing their offer, but hoped to sign his $13.95 million tag once the team's plan to move on from him was made public. However, with general manager Dave Gettleman unwilling to meet Norman's long-term contract demands, and also intrigued by the cap flexibility that would be opened by parting with Norman, the Panthers declined on Norman's offer to sign. From there, Norman ended up signing a record-setting five-year, $75 million deal with the
Josh Norman signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Norman refused to sign the franchise tag that would have netted him approximately $14 million in 2016 with the hopes of signing a bigger deal. While the Panthers were unwilling to do so and subsequently let him walk via free agency, it appears Washington will spend up following a 2016 campaign that moved him into elite status among cornerbacks. Considered a position of need heading into the draft, the Redskins will now likely pass on it early in the draft, while Norman figures to serve as the team's lockdown corner against the likes of Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham Jr., who he will now face twice a year.
The Carolina Panthers have rescinded the franchise tag they had placed on Josh Norman , NFL.com reports.
As a result, the star cornerback becomes an unrestricted free agent, and based on a statement released by GM Dave Gettleman, it appears clear that the Panthers are indeed of a mind to move on from Norman. Per Gettleman: "After a number of conversations with Josh's agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable. 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 is coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2015, in which he recorded 56 tackles, three forced fumbles and four picks in 16 games for the Panthers.
Josh Norman will not report for the Carolina Panthers ' offseason workouts next week, ESPN.com reports.
Norman remains in search of a long-term extension with the Panthers, so he hasn't signed the roughly $14 million franchise tag offered to him last month. Until Carolina's management displays a willingness to come closer to the contract terms proposed by Norman's camp, he's expected to remain away from the team and cannot be fined for doing so, since he technically isn't under contract at the moment.
Although other organizations will be allowed to extend offers to Norman in free agency, the Panthers have the ability to match, or receive two first-round picks as compensation. In 2015, he emerged with four interceptions, including two pick-sixes, in the first four games of the season, and while he didn't strike the rest of the way, he established himself as one of the best cover corners in the NFL.
|P1||8/11/16||@ ATL||7:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ CIN||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|12||11/24/16||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
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