Red­skins make Nor­man rich

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - FOOTBALL - By Lind­say H. Jones

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.

BRIAN BLANCO / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILES

Cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man heads for the end zone af­ter in­ter­cept­ing a pass.

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