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Panthers put franchise tag on Josh Norman

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The Panthers tried to do a long-term deal with cornerback Josh Norman, but weren’t able to.

But they’re still keeping him.

Per multiple reports, the Panthers have used the franchise tag on the 28-year-old corner, who emerged as an All-Pro last year.

Norman was offered something in the $7 million a year range prior to last season, but upped his earning potential with an excellent season.

But between his short run as a top-flight corner (he took forever to get out of Ron Rivera’s doghouse) and his age, it was hard to find a common ground on his value.

Now they can sit on him for a year and see how he reacts, and what happens to his value. He should probably sign the $13.952 million offer immediately, at least before his next charity basketball game Saturday.

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10 Responses to “Panthers put franchise tag on Josh Norman”
  1. lapantherfan86 says: Mar 1, 2016 12:50 PM

    The Dark Knight Rises

  2. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 1, 2016 12:56 PM

    AAAaaaaannnnd just like that the Panthers are out of cap space. But the Seahawks won’t be able to compete for the Super Bowl because they have cap problems.


  3. TS Johnson says: Mar 1, 2016 1:14 PM

    AAAaaaaannnnd just like that the Panthers are out of cap space.


    Actually they aren’t. They may not have as much as they’d like, but they aren’t out. Plus CJ is either taking a pay cut or getting cut, so they will have that money as well.

    Dwan Edwards will be out too…that’s only 1.6 mil saved I think, but still more money to add to the pot.

  4. vnhalen says: Mar 1, 2016 1:19 PM

    AAAaaaaannnnd just like that the Panthers are out of cap space. But the Seahawks won’t be able to compete for the Super Bowl because they have cap problems.



    nope still under by $15 mil with cap space more to come.

  5. captainwhodat says: Mar 1, 2016 1:44 PM

    28yr old cornerback who had a career year…smart move by the Panthers, no long term contract with guaranteed years hanging around their neck like a albatross…no bonus to pro rate…I like it…

  6. bucks4ever13 says: Mar 1, 2016 1:45 PM

    Not a fan of Gettleman but he’s corrected the Panthers cap issues of years past. That’s why they can do this and still have plenty of room to work with.

  7. phluffyclouds says: Mar 1, 2016 2:07 PM

    J-No! Gotta love 24

    Anxiously awaiting the 2016 season…

    Panthers fan who is not quite over SB implosion

  8. jgedgar70 says: Mar 1, 2016 2:12 PM

    Despite what is implicated in this post, the Panthers can still negotiate with Norman until July 15. Even if they don’t get a long-term deal done, we’ll be fine. If he plays under the tag and is as good as this past year, I’m sure DG will sign him for $15M a year.

  9. kitmandew says: Mar 1, 2016 5:31 PM

    Plenty of cap room will be available for the Panthers this year….. Will be releasing Charles Johnson, Peanut Tillman probably Roman Harper and a few others…will still have 20M + to spend…sorry to inform you fans of other teams… Keep Pounding…..

  10. Let's Complain About Cam Newton says: Mar 2, 2016 11:37 AM

    Salty Seahawks fans who are still in shock over their team led by the anointed one Russell Wilson being unable to roll into Charlotte and blow Scam Newton and the overrated Panthers who haven’t played anybody out of the stadium have resorted to wishful thinking about Carolina’s cap figure it seems.

    The past few years of releasing fan favorites who were making more than what they were worth and bringing in dollar store FAs with potential were all calculated decisions by Dave Gettleman. The outcome: both All Pro quarterbacks of the offense and defense are locked up, draft picks playing on cheap contracts are starting to develop, and the cap is getting cleaned up of all the mistakes of the Hurney era. Now there’s a draft coming up which means the team is about to get even deeper.

    Yeah yeah hhahaha he didn’t dive on the fumble pouting under the towel press conference and so on. We’ll see how funny it all is when your garbage team goes into the locker room down 27 after a first half of Cam dabbing in your end zone.

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