Josh Norman DB WAS 1 week ago

Norman contacted Panthers team officials in an attempt to sign his franchise tag shortly after Carolina rescinded its offer last week, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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 obviously ended up signing a record-setting five-year, $75 million deal with the Redskins, cementing his NFL future while making his departure from the Panthers official.

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Norman signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Redskins on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

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The Panthers have rescinded the franchise tag they had placed on Norman, NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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 DB WAS 2 weeks ago

Norman will not report for the Panthers' offseason workouts next week, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

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.

Josh Norman DB WAS 2 months ago

Norman received the franchise tag from the Panthers on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rather than allow Norman to reach unrestricted free agency, the Panthers will franchise the cornerback, who will receive at least the average salary of the top five players at his position. 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.

Josh Norman DB WAS 2 months ago

Norman is expected receive the Panthers' franchise tag prior to Tuesday's deadline, ESPN's David Newton reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Norman and the Panthers have been unable to reach a long-term contract so far, and with reportedly no real progress lately, it seems Carolina will place its franchise tag on him before Tuesday's deadline. By doing so, Norman would be set to receive just under $14 million next season, and would still have time to negotiate his desired long-term extension.

Josh Norman DB WAS 4 months ago

Norman finished the 2015 regular season with 56 tackles (48 solo), four interceptions, three fumbles forced, two fumble recoveries, and two touchdowns in 16 games played.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Norman, a fifth-round pick in 2012, exploded onto the scene this year, staking his claim as one of the NFL's premier cornerbacks. Always tasked with stopping the opposing offense's top wideout, Norman's lockdown coverage ability provided a huge advantage to the Panthers' defense. Tested at the beginning of the year, Norman's four interceptions all came within the season's first four weeks, and he returned two of those picks for scores. After that, Norman was targeted less and less, causing his tackling opportunities to decrease over the course of the campaign. No matter, Norman made a statement this season, and figures to be rewarded handsomely as a free agent this offseason.

Josh Norman DB WAS 6 months ago

Norman (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Norman's availability wasn't in any real doubt after he was able to shake off the illness and return to full practice Friday. The cornerback will face a stiff challenge against Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but he's played at an All-Pro level this season, accruing 28 tackles and four picks in seven games.

Josh Norman DB WAS 6 months ago

Norman (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is probable to play against the Packers on Sunday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Norman missed Wednesday's practice due to illness, but has since returned in full capacity and is expected to play Sunday, when he'll look to limit the Packers' passing attack.

Josh Norman DB WAS 6 months ago

Norman (illness) practiced in full Thursday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brushing off Wednesday's bout with illness, Norman fulfilled every practice rep Thursday, which all but assures his availability Sunday against the Packers. He has so far factored into five turnovers this season, but Green Bay has committed the second-fewest giveaways in the NFL with four through seven games.