Panthers actually did Josh Norman a favor, sort of

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Some will say that the Panthers wronged cornerback Josh Norman by not rescinding the franchise tag sooner. But it’s safe to assume that the Panthers used the tag with the intent of trying to work out a fair, long-term deal, and with a willingness to honor the $13.95 million salary if the player had accepted a deal that would have become fully guaranteed the moment Josh Norman applied his John Hancock to the contract.

Unless the Panthers rescinded the tender because they feared Norman would soon be signing it, the Panthers did the right thing by Norman by removing the tender now. They’ve made the move at a time that gives Norman a full and fair chance to find a new team before that team fills its needs at the position in the draft. And the move actually makes it harder for the Panthers to replace Norman through the draft, because now it’s clear that they have a need at the position.

Indeed, the better move for the Panthers strategically would have been to draft Norman’s replacement next week and then remove the tender.

It’s unclear whether Norman will end up with a new team before the draft. Plenty of teams will surely be interested, starting Carolina’s own division. The key questions are whether a given team has the cap space to make it happen, and the cash in the budget necessary to do the deal.

Regardless, Norman has more options now than he would have had if available after the draft. While it would have been better if he’d been available at the outset of free agency, this is a much better outcome than having the Panthers strip the franchise tender in June or July.

24 responses to “Panthers actually did Josh Norman a favor, sort of

  1. And the move actually makes it harder for the Panthers to replace Norman through the draft, because now it’s clear that they have a need at the position.

    This move doesn’t make it harder to replace him via the draft. I doubt other teams will take corners just to screw the Panthers. I guarantee they can get a corner in every round up until the 7th. What is difficult through the draft is making sure the guy they get can play, much less replace him. Corner has always been a tricky position to draft, and what the Panthers have done is paint themselves into a corner, so to speak.

  2. Works both ways. The team that signs Norman, may not draft Hargreaves. The ripple effect.

    Not to mention while Gettleman may be perceived as no nonsense, more importantly as someone who DID do the right thing by the player.

    Just a guess but I think players notice when a GM does the right thing for the player.

  3. Understand his not wanting to sign it right off as he thought he could secure a long term contract. When the talks were not going well, his agent should have advised him to sign it and they could keep talking to the team with the $14M as the starting point of the conversation. He would have been covered for the year and be able to talk again next off season and the franchise tender would be much higher and his leverage increased.

    Don’t think he should have let that $14M go out the window……Maybe he will do better, but I really don’t see it happening.

  4. Unless there is a suspension coming, I’m not sure I’ll ever understand this one. Norman was worth the one year tag price, especially when you figure that the window is always closing in the NFL and there was no reason to not expect them to contend next Year.
    The fact that even Norman is not talking makes me think something is up. Surely someone would have traded a late draft pick for his rights this year?

  5. This is what happens when you tug on Superman’s cape. Mr. Richardson is Superman and don’t forget it!

  6. Soon-to-be 29 year old corner who has only had one year of elite play. The one-year wonder worry is big enough on it’s own. Add to it the fact that he only has a couple years of peak physical play left and it would make me feel very hesitant to give him $16m per year over a long term basis if I were a GM.

  7. Norman screwed himself. He is 28 and did it one year. He capitalized playing in a great defense. He will not get Revis money with another team and should have just signed the tender.

  8. There has to be something more behind the scenes to this story besides a cash grab by Norman. A 1-year franchise tender didn’t hurt the Panthers and gave them another year with a pro bowl quality CB.

  9. Or maybe the Panthers realized that Norman isn’t worth anywhere near that 13 mill. He’s almost 30, and has one good season with a ridiculous front 7 that rushed the passer. He almost never went one on one with a great reciever, he isn’t a shut down corner. Plus, a lot if you aren’t aware of his off the field issues. Like not paying child support, and almost killing his baby momma by driving off while she was on the good of the car, oh and she was pregnant at the time. Yup, sounds like him and Greg Hardy need to team up again

  10. My guess is they realized this guy is an arse and not worth the effort or money. He was successful due to their front line and line backers any way…

  11. jm91rs says:
    Apr 20, 2016 10:29 PM

    Unless there is a suspension coming, I’m not sure I’ll ever understand this one. Norman was worth the one year tag price, especially when you figure that the window is always closing in the NFL and there was no reason to not expect them to contend next Year.
    The fact that even Norman is not talking makes me think something is up. Surely someone would have traded a late draft pick for his rights this year?

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    It would have required Norman either signing his tender or getting a new deal, first. You cannot trade a player not under contract. That’s why he became a free agent the second the fax hit the league office saying the Panthers were pulling the tag.

  12. Real recognize real. Gettleman knows what he’s doing and Norman was a product of the system, not an elite corner.

    I love that the Panthers basically screwed Norman out of the chance to make big money on the opening day of free agency. Maybe Norman can cry about it to the media like he did after OBJ exposed him. I would love to see the Eagles or Cowboys sign him so that Beckham Jr. can posterize him twice a year.

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