The Carolina Panthers rescinding Josh Norman’s franchise tag, making him an unrestricted free agent, was nothing short of incredible. Norman is widely regarded as a top 5 cornerback in the league, and was a key member of that Carolina defense that made it to the Super Bowl. Despite that, he won’t be back.
The Panthers deciding to let Josh Norman walk was described as a “business decision” by the team, essentially meaning they didn’t want to pay him what he is worth. They may eventually learn to regret that decision, as it’s already looking like Carolina won’t have as stellar as a season in 2016.
As you can probably imagine, there’s a great deal of interest in Norman’s services and he’s scheduled to meet with Washington on Friday. Expect him to sign for some big money.
Norman’s deal, when complete, is expected to command between $14 million to $15 million per year, sources told Schefter. Five-year deals are being discussed with both Washington and San Francisco.
Friday’s visit with Washington will be Norman’s first since the Panthers’ decision.