Cornerback Josh Norman wasn’t a free agent for long.
Two days after the Panthers rescinded the franchise tag they’d placed on Norman, he agreed to terms with the Redskins Friday evening. Norman arrived at Redskins headquarters for a visit Friday afternoon.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Norman will sign a five-year deal worth $75 million that includes a whopping $50 million guaranteed.
One of the game’s top cornerbacks, Norman, 28, is coming off his best season. The Panthers made the surprising decision to make him a free agent because they believed they wouldn’t be able to agree to on a long-term contract. He would have made almost $14 million in 2016 had he signed his franchise tender.
The Saints reportedly made a late push but would have had to a do a bunch of fancy accounting to create the cap room to come anywhere close to the money Norman is getting from the Redskins.