Meanwhile, after the Panthers took off the franchise tag from Josh Norman, it only took less than a couple of days for someone to land him. Norman will look to save that up and down secondary in Washington like Batman saved that crazy city in Gotham. Lastly, Norman will leave a Super Bowl caliber team to go join an up and coming team. Now, the NFC South is on the rise again as the NFC East is always a mystery. It seems that Norman will have a chance to make the playoffs most of the time as the Redskins are the best team in their division.
In addition to the signing, it is a five-year deal worth $75 mil with $50 mil guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The Redskins were the first team Norman visited and they would not let him leave without a signature on the contract. His next visit if he would of past up on Washington would of been a trip to New Orleans, which is home of the Saints.
Shockingly, after one great year, he wants all this money, well they usually say a system helps a corner, which is mostly true, but I actually think Norman can play in any system in place. He is a talented player that knows how to play within the foolish pass coverage rules that favors offensive players. Now, I do know great corners feed off of good pressure on the quarterback, which the Redskins need to do on a higher level.
Furthermore, the 28-year-old cornerback made the Pro Bowl and the First-Team All Pro after a career year, where he recorded four interceptions, which two were returned to the house for a score, also he finished the season with three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 18 pass deflections, and tackling 56 ball carriers, which 8 were assisted on. That shows that Norman can cover, make tackles by himself, and that he lays down the hammer on ball carriers. Lastly, Norman brings durability (started all 16 games), attitude and talent to the secondary and overall the defense.
Finally, Norman will be paired across Bashaud Breeland with Chris Culliver most likely heading to the nickel position. The corners group also consist of Will Blackmon, Greg Toler, Quinton Dunbar, Jeremy Harris, Deshazor Everett, Dashaun Phillips, and Al Louis-Jean. This group just got better and now they will play more consistently with Norman leading them.
Note: It will be fun watching Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr playing twice a year and now the Redskins do not need to draft a corner with their first two picks of the draft.