Redskins make Norman rich
JUST two days after the stunning move from the Carolina Panthers to pull the franchise tag off Josh Norman, the star cornerback has signed a massive new contract with the Washington Redskins.
Washington flew Norman in for a visit Friday, and he received a deal that will make him the highest paid cornerback in the NFL. According to contract details obtained by Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY SPORTS, Norman’s deal is for five years and worth up to US$75 million, including US$36.5-million guaranteed over the first two years.
The team made Norman’s signing official with an announcement on its Twitter page.
Had Norman signed the one-year franchise tender with Carolina before the team pulled it on Wednesday, Norman would have made US$13.952 million in 2016.
But with Norman prepared to boycott the off-season workouts scheduled to begin next week, and with a potential holdout looming with no long-term deal in sight, the Panthers decided to move on from the brash cornerback who had four interceptions, including two for touchdowns, last season.
For Washington, this is a major move to upgrade a defence that previously had Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver as the likely starting cornerbacks, and it sets up some very interesting NFC East games.
Norman will now get to face New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. twice a year, games that immediately become must-watch thanks to their nasty on-field spat when the Panthers and Giants played last season. Norman will also get divisional matchups against Dallas Cowboys top receiver Dez Bryant.
Cornerback Josh Norman heads for the end zone after intercepting a pass.