Reports: 49ers, Redskins making strong pushes for Josh Norman

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The 49ers were mentioned as an early entrant in the chase for cornerback Josh Norman’s services and reports still have them at the front of the pack a day after Norman’s franchise tag was rescinded by the Panthers.

According to multiple reports, they have some company on the other side of the country.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Redskins have joined the 49ers as a “frontrunner” to sign Norman in the wake of his split with the Panthers. Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports the Redskins have made a “legit offer” to Norman already and terms the 49ers’ interest as “very strong” at this point.

The 49ers definitely have the cap room to make a major play for Norman and he’d be a big upgrade on their current cornerbacks. The Redskins’ need is less acute, although Norman would certainly make their defense more imposing than it looks at present. They also have less cap space at their disposal, although there are plenty of ways to structure a deal and reorganize other deals to fit Norman into the roster.

21 responses to “Reports: 49ers, Redskins making strong pushes for Josh Norman

  1. Just don’t sign with Miami. They haven’t won a playoff game since 2000. 12 playoff points in two playoff losses since then. Yikes.

  2. Ndamukong Suh went to Miami just to avoid the income tax. Norman might want to do the same. Just bring a big fat check home monthly without any deduction

  3. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Apr 21, 2016 6:39 PM
    Just don’t sign with Miami. They haven’t won a playoff game since 2000. 12 playoff points in two playoff losses since then. Yikes.
    Perhaps, but unlike the Patriots, Miami has the only Super Bowl Era undefeated season. 18-1 has got to hurt, still.

  4. This would be a smart signing for the Redskins. He’s 28 so a few good years left. Plus rumors were the Skins were looking at CB for the first round pick. This will allow us to address another need. Plus, he should immediately upgrade the position. We do have some good young talent at CB, but can’t have too many in this NFL.

    Fight for all DC!

  5. I was thinking Washington and SF made the most sense. He went from Coastal Carolina to Carolina, going up to DC is in his comfort zone. They need a signature player on defense, too.

  6. The Redskins pursuing Josh Norman makes a lot of sense. We need another proven CB and Norman needs a new team. Plus think of what Norman is thinking of facing Odell Beckman Jr 2x every year. 🙂 I’m thinking he’s a Redskin before this weekend.

  7. The Twitter war between him and Sherman would be pretty epic if he lands with the 49ers.

  8. Never thought I’d say this less than two seasons ago but Washington is much closer to contending than SF by a mile, I’m not sure what Norman does for a team in SF that doesn’t have a shot as by far the worst team in the NFC west. By the time they are relevant again his contract will be up. At least Washington will have a shot at the NFC East for a while. They look like a 9-7 team and that’s going to likely be enough for a playoff ticket.

  9. There isn’t a CB in the league worth 16mil and he has no bargaining power. Offseason programs are kicking off and he’s unemployed, at some point he will have to kick the ego and accept what’s offered and my guess is the number gets smaller as the season draws closer. He’s overrated and will be exposed once he’s on a team with a lesser defensive front.

    Look at the numbers! Just for comparison purposes I’ll use William Gay (who I think is an average CB)

    all numbers since 2012
    Norman combined total tackles 181
    Gay combined total tackles 247

    Norman Pass defensed 37
    Gay pass defensed 34

    Norman INT’s 7
    Gay INT’s 8

    Norman TD’s 2
    Gay TD’s 4

    Norman sacks 0
    Gay sacks 3

    Norman has played 16 games in a season twice in since 2012.
    Gay has played all 16 games in a season 4 times in 4 years (9 times in 9 years)

    Norman’s desired annual salary $16mil
    Gay’s annual salary $2mil

    Where is the value of paying Norman $16mil/yr?

  10. gmen5280 says:
    Apr 21, 2016 9:50 PM
    Over rated and over the top ego.
    I hope the Redskins drop $15mil a year on this guy.

    What does that make Beckham? Norman handled him pretty well (and Julio Jones). Losing the division hurts, huh?

  11. Wow 12+ million per year thats 3 million per interception or 1 every 4 games..The guy is overrated playing in a vanilla defensive scheme…Right up Baalke ally.

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