Norman gets $50 million guaranteed from Redskins

AP

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Two days after the Panthers rescinded the franchise tag they’d placed on Norman, he agreed to terms with the Redskins Friday evening.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.

161 responses to “Norman gets $50 million guaranteed from Redskins

  1. This contract is going to end up being a nightmare for the Skins. No way this ends well.

  2. Lets add five years to his age in Dec at 29, making him 34 @15 M/year. Something tells me this tops the Hayworth mistake. I’m sure Carolina won’t have paid that much.

  3. Wow. A 28 year-old CB who has had 1-1/2 really good years gets $11 million more guaranteed than the next highest NFL CB. Good luck, Washington.

  4. Yikes! 5 mil more than Patrick Peterson. The contracts this offseason have been out of control.

  5. You just can’t fault them, no matter how many people will want to.

    The Redskins have a team that is nearing a highly competitive level, they are not known for having ANY corners recently, so bringing in an All-Pro may be the difference between a down year and a deep playoff run.

  6. Way too much money for a guy who doesn’t have the ball in his hands every play. In 2020, Skins will have a 34 year old, 4.6 40 corner making 15 million dollars.

  7. Something is wrong with this article. You actually called the Redskins by there name instead of just calling them Washington. Oh wait, that’s right, it’s no long the “in thing” to be fighting for a name change. That’s sooo 2015…..

  8. Panthers were smart not to give that kind of money to a player who has had one year of high-level production and 7 career picks. Good, not great player.

  9. Gee i wonder if the talking head bozo’s will ridicule this contract like they did when the Giants signed Vernon.

  10. That’s too much money, but this does make the redskins better. Panthers will still be good because they have the best front 7 in football. We all know that the cardinals, panthers, packers will win their divisions but the East will be a toss up. Vikings and maybe TB, falcons or another team from the east should claim the wild card spots.

  11. I bet he’s circled that Dec 19th, week 15 matchup against the Panthers @Redskins.

    A late season matchup that could help make or break either team’s season or playoff positioning.

    This could really come back to haunt the Panthers. If it does, they needlessly did it to themselves.

  12. I hope the kid has a decent career but frankly I think Synder overpaid for him. Waay overpaid. But if Norman does well the price for true top 5 coners is going to catch up to QB’s. But if he fails miserably then the market for CB’s will stay closer to 12-14M for top 5 talent.

  13. Malcolm Butler is still the best corner in the league, and it’s not even close.

    He doesn’t make close to this much because he has integrity.

    Let me know when Norman makes a play in the big dance like Butler did to win his team a ring.

  14. Skins get raped again by another flash in the pan …. Norman will be another Haynesworth …

  15. Slapshot says:
    Apr 22, 2016 8:47 PM
    Daniel Snyder vs. Jerrah: 2 wannabe GM’s bringing each other down in the NFC East.

    Boy isn’t that the truth. The I only other team that would do this contract that wouldn’t surprise me is Cowboys.

  16. YES, Christmass came early for the other NCF East teams today. Overrated player, that played behind a better front 7 in Carolina then is in Washington. He will cover Odell for the 1st quarter and then we will see Breeland get put on Beckham. Breeland is a better overall corner. Crazy Money $$$$$$$ HTTR.

  17. Panthers had this guy for 1 year at 14 million. Why cut him? Get the last year, he’s a year older and maybe he doesn’t have another great year which is likely. Skins paid to much but panthers hurt themselves with this move.

  18. Can’t believe the Panthers didn’t get something- a 4th,a 5th,a 6th or at least a 7th rounder for him. Smh.
    Failed UA story will be next is all I can figure to partly explain it all.

  19. This isn’t a bad deal, because most teams can outrun the Cap and this was truthfully the only free agent splurge they made. Better to get a top flight corner now than draft one that may take half of the time of this contract to determine if they are any good.

    Also, they will have room to sign Kirk and Jordan next year if they have good years, because at least two huge numbers come off the books (Garçon and Jackson)!

    Everyone settle down, this isn’t the same ole Skins that would win the offseason. The are more methodical now that Scot is in control.

  20. Some teams never learn….you can’t buy your way to titles….not since cap. You have to draft well and not plug up your cap space with dumb deals….it’s why the Redskins are the mediocre “team of the year” over and over. Reminds me of Al Davis in his later years. Another Al Davis wanna be is Jerry Jones……trying to build a team of bad attitudes and no chemistry…it’s proven, it doesn’t work. But they do it every year….duhhhh.

  21. This is such a Danny maneuver. Learned nothing after 20 years. Guess he needs to sell some jerseys. Scot is done at the end of this season.

  22. Almost messed my pants hearing my Saints were in the running!! Will sleep well thanks to the drunken sailers in DC. After Haynesworth you’d think these clowns would know better.

  23. I really do hope that this works out equally for both Norman and the Skins….they make playoffs next 3 years, maybe even make it to NFC championship once….Norman stays healthy in that time frame and plays well…

    Tired of a player getting bashed for seeking out that one contract all are hoping to get, and team being crushed for signing him.
    Go Hawks!!

  24. Maybe he is worth it, but the Redskins better not think they just signed a shut down, cover corner.

  25. Let’s assume that his fans are right and he is the top CB in the game today. Even if we allow that this is still stupidly high money for one player. It leaves the Skins one injury away from having a huge expensive hole to fill.

    Also, it’s in the best interests of the game for Norman to bust on this. (But he’s really good so that can’t be banked on) this salary sets a very high standard for CB now it’s going to force all teams to have to pay too much for the position.

  26. If Washington has the cap room and this won’t hurt them long term, then what the hell. Perhaps Carolina underestimated his market value and the demand for his services. It will be very interesting to see how this switch impacts both teams next season, but I doubt it will catapult Washington to contender status or sink Carolina to also ran status.

  27. Once again the Redskins overpay for a decent but marginal player who is getting elderly (in football years). This wont end well.

  28. He will be 32 in the last yr of the contract, not 34. Of course if the Jags paid this they would be praised. It’s okay. We’ll just win another division title and keep it rolling.

  29. This is too much on the surface but considering he’ll never see the last 2 years, that makes it a 3 year $50 million contract with a cap hit but salary savings in 2019. This is why Washington hasn’t been and will not be a contender for awhile. This is a system guy just like all the guys from Seattle. And just like those guys Norman will struggle away from home.

  30. Dolphins desperately needed a CB. But Dolphins always overpay in free agency. This would have been another bad signing. Way too much money and they didn’t need Suh 2.0.

  31. Frickin L’il Danny the Destroyer absolutely wrecks the CB market.

    Again.

    I wonder how Scot McCloughan feels about this. His “build thru the draft” strategy just got ejected by an owner who – after almost two decades – is still in pursuit of he best action figure collection.

  32. Little Danny Snyder fell off the wagon and will have to resume his Owners Anonymous meetings.

  33. Stop it with the Fat Albert comparisons. This guy is a player and our secondary just got way better. #HTTR

  34. I hate the redskins, but I remember McNabb got 40 mill guaranteed and was released after 1 year. I want to see the contract details before I say it is bad

  35. I honestly would have thought General Managers for the NFL would be a little smarter than that. Way to much to pay for this guy!

  36. People were saying that it was a bad move for Norman. From the looks of it, nope. It’s not a bluff, it’s a gamble.

    AND IT PAID OFF! That’s what you do. Cash in while your value is high.

  37. I have this vision of Snyder screaming “don’t you guys remember Deion’s impact at corner”. Only Josh is no Dieon. This is only good if the 50MM is guaranteed for a 50 pick season.

  38. We’ll see how the deal is structured…. But $50 mil guaranteed for a 29- yr-old corner not named Deion Sanders is too much!

  39. Sure it masks the team better TODAY…but that’s a Lot if salary cap money on a player who might see 5 passes a game. Signing selfish players who think they are TOP 5 ALL TIME at their position never works out well…but as an Eagles fan. I love it!!

  40. Man…that’s a load of money. I understand he’s one of those corners that lets you slide the safety over to help the other guy out, but damn… 15mil per year. 5 years. You’ll be paying that in his age 33 year… (depending on how the guaranteed money is spaced out).

  41. He won’t play out the whole contract. If he sucks he’s cut after two years no problem since there’s no way there is guaranteed money over each year of the contract. Cut Garcon to save half of what Norman is worth and draft Garcon’s replacement. Excellent aggressive move in a division with quarterbacks who are easily exploited. It’s fancy to hate on every big signing but the Redskins improved immensely today.

  42. Too much money, but my favorite team (the Redskins) had a clear cornerback problem. The good news is that the style of coverage the Redskins play is similar to Carolina’s. It has zone coverages, that’s where Norman is best used for. As for Carolina, if I were them, I’d be on the phone with Leon Hall ASAP. He’d be a fine cornerback for them and I think he’s want to come here.

  43. Bwaaha…ha can we say the Carolina Panthers GM turn out to be a BETTER AGENT for Josh in the end when he release him , Don’t be surprise if Norman sends him FLOWERS, look at this DEAL !… you go on josh with your bad self.

    And with that the Carolina Panthers just got alot weaker in that secondary in a passing league. Can we say more pressure just got put on Cam and that offense.
    .

  44. We know that the Guaranteed money is the key thing. The length of the deal is irrelevant because we know before 5 years is up, there’ll be a release or a renegotiation. I say maybe he’ll be there 3 years.

  45. If winning the free agent signing period translated into SuperBowls the Redskins would have a dynasty.

    But we all know winning the free agent signing period translates to being the doormat of the NFL…so the Redskins are…..yeah.

  46. It’s getting difficult to hate the Washington DC football franchise. Not because they’re likable or anything, but because they’re like a person with severe head trauma.

  47. Don’t these teams ever learn? The Patriots never do stuff like this. They do what Carolina did…use the 15 mil to sign 3 good players and get a compensatory 3rd round draft pick to boot. It’s not rocket science.

  48. This smells like the Byron Maxwell signing in Philly. A good player that greatly benefitted from the talent around him. The Skins overpaid big time, as the Eagles did similarly.

  49. Idk why but I just had a feeling that he’d end up in Washington after the tag was lifted. I can’t say that Byron Maxwell was on the same level but some of the concerns that people had voiced about Maxwell spill over to Norman… Some would say he’s the product of the system. Or that he benefitted greatly from a great defense around him. And he’s not an elite athlete. I don’t think he’s gonna flop completely like Maxwell did or like Nnamdi did for my Birds but I don’t think there’s any way he’s on the same level as Peterson, Sherman or say Revis A few years ago. Good corner, not worth that deal. But it certainly fills a need for the Skins.

  50. I thought we were done calling them that, I wish they’d hurry up and change their name

  51. I laugh at all who continue to bash the skins. The Giants spend almost as my on (I can’t keep my focus late in the game) Jenkins as well as old man Oliver. Cowboys draft 2 druggies, the Eagles are the family fued of the NFL. Yet the REDSKINS have won the division more than any of your puke teams have since 2012. This is our only free agent splash in 3 years and we get crucified. As was said in an article I saw earlier, if 31 other teams made this move its GREAT. Skins do it and we’re idiots. Let’s see after this season. LOL you all have nothing but excuses and blame for last year. #HTTR

  52. Haters gonna hate hate hate……C’mon, yes the skins probably overpaid on a PER basis, but no doubt they upgraded and made a necessary move to stay relevant in a vastly improved NFC East.

  53. Aside from overpaying, if he can produce close to how he did last year, him and Breeland become a pretty nice pair of corners to have on your side.

  54. Odell is gonna make the skins look silly for dropping all the cash on norman. I hope Norman realizes we will have to cover a lot longer without the panthers front 7.

  55. …….typical Redskins…..get rid of one media distraction in RGIII and immediately sign another one to take his place. Norman is a good but not great CB and brings lots and lots of “look at me” drama. I bet all the other underpaid players on the Redskins are going to love this guy.

  56. Haynesworth 2.0. ‘Skins back to being the bottom-feeders they are. Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Skins

  57. What have you done for me lately? Washington got the absolute best corner from last year for less per year than freaking Olivier Vernon got. Carolina was stupid for not getting his best year in a contract year they could later walk away from.

  58. I like Norman, and think he is a good player. But he has NOT earned the right to be the highest paid DB in the league. REDSKINS overpaid on this one.

  59. The Redskins are getting better and the Eagles are getting worse. The Redskins know how to draft and the Eagles traded all of their draft picks away for an FCS quarterback when they already have 2 really good quarterbacks.

  60. scmems07 says:
    Apr 22, 2016 8:46 PM

    That’s too much money, but this does make the redskins better. Panthers will still be good because they have the best front 7 in football. We all know that the cardinals, panthers, packers will win their divisions but the East will be a toss up. Vikings and maybe TB, falcons or another team from the east should claim the wild card spots.

    _________________________________

    I think you mean the Broncos have the best front seven in football! What team goes 15-1 and gets their a** kicked in the Super Bowl? Carolina had one dream season and now it’s time to come back down to earth. Just ask Cam!

  61. Another Dan Snyder move which will backfire. Can you say Albert Haynesworth?
    The reason is, Norman is not as good as he appeared to be in Carolina. Carolina’s pass rush helped him be better than he actually is.
    Paying a DB that kind of money is ridiculous, and Carolina rescinded their offer to Norman because they knew better than to over pay him.

  62. A lot of contracts coming up next year. Going to hate to see some of the Redskins home grown youngsters and play-makers hit the open market. I mean this is so crazy, and I thought they had changed.

  63. Why does everyone ridicule Josh Norman? He played very well last year and earned his contract with his play on the field, so what’s the problem?

    People who are saying he isn’t top 5 are delusional.

  64. Now we can expect Darrelle Revis to hold out for more $ as it’s his expectation to be the highest paid CB in the league. But the Jest knew that’s what they were getting when they signed Mevis

  65. Looks like they didn’t learn from that huge contract they gave Albert Haynesworth.

  66. patsfiend,
    You mean like it did that one year that the Patriots brought in Revis and Browner, lol? Oh, the irony. Scott McCloughan was for it, so I’ll go with his evaluation. He’s the best in the business. Everyone will see when he has built a Daniel Snyder team into a contender. It’ll be undeniable at that point.

  67. The Redskins are back!!!

    Not in the sense that they’re champs.

    It’s that they’re wasting money again. 💰💰💰💵💵💵

  68. AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAH AH

    HA HA HAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    HA HA HA HA HAH AH A HAHAH AH AH

    whew gotta catch my breath. And this is one of the many reasons why the Washington team will remain bottom feeders. Snyder massively overpaying players who will never perform up to the contract.

  69. Daniel Snyder saw a shiny new toy. So he overpaid (again) for a player with red flags and just one good year under his belt. He overpaid for a player who has peaked, and is now on the downside of his NFL career. He overpaid, in his vain and foolish attempt to buy an NFL Championship.

    Thought he learned his lesson. Guess I was wrong.

  70. It is too early to say this is a bad deal and that the Redskins overpaid; however at face value it is a bad deal and the Redskins overpaid. Now if Josh and Odell can just take to twitter we have something to talk about before the draft.

  71. Haters … Wait until we get terms of deal. A lot hinges on that re: how much it limits skins. Also wonder if they release Culliver now his contract would make up a good chunk of this. Bottom line everyone is soiling their pants at $50 mil figure but the details will illustrate the true impact on the skins.

  72. Albert Breer of nfln reports 36.5 guaranteed. Let’s not talk about that. The higher figure plays into hater narrative better

  73. In Scot McCloughan the redskins trust…HTTR!!! fyi He makes all the personnel decisions. When you have a bottom 5 pass defense this is a great move especially with 50 mil cap space next year…Antonio Brown, Dez twice, Beckham jr..twice…you can’t go wrong with a number one corner….

  74. That’s too much money, but this does make the redskins better. Panthers will still be good because they have the best front 7 in football. We all know that the cardinals, panthers, packers will win their divisions but the East will be a toss up. Vikings and maybe TB, falcons or another team from the east should claim the wild card spots.

    _________________________________

    I think you mean the Broncos have the best front seven in football! What team goes 15-1 and gets their a** kicked in the Super Bowl? Carolina had one dream season and now it’s time to come back down to earth. Just ask Cam!
    _________________________________

    I would have said the broncos if they still had Jackson, they are still up there, but the panthers d line is sick. Broncos definatly have an argument. Panthers didn’t really play any good defenses, or qb’s in the playoffs until they got to the cardinals and broncos, Palmer just sucked in that game and we all know broncos won despite Manning. Panthers will still be good, but that looked like it was their best chance at a title. We’ll see. Still got panthers, packers, Vikings, cardinals as the best teams in the NFC. Giants, falcons, bucs, cowboys and redskins should be much improved though.

  75. whiteybulgersson says:
    Apr 22, 2016 9:02 PM
    Malcolm Butler is still the best corner in the league, and it’s not even close.

    He doesn’t make close to this much because he has integrity.

    Let me know when Norman makes a play in the big dance like Butler did to win his team a ring.
    ——————————————————————–

    Butler doesn’t make close to that much because he is still under his initial contract he has been under while he has emerged. That’s up after this season.

    If Butler is as you say the best CB in the league, meaning better than Norman, then this deal pushes his price that much higher. If he is better than Norman then he will cost more. Don’t think he will go for less on some basis of ‘integrity’ (and if he is honestly the best then he is not going against integrity) there is no way his agent is going to allow any such thing. So what you are really saying is that this season is the last time the Patriots are going to enjoy the services of Malcolm Butler. The only thing that saves that situation for them would be if Norman was a total tank bust this year, enough so that it scares anyone away from offering Butler or anyone else that kind of money.

  76. realfootballfan says:
    Apr 23, 2016 8:01 AM
    patsfiend,
    You mean like it did that one year that the Patriots brought in Revis and Browner, lol? Oh, the irony. Scott McCloughan was for it, so I’ll go with his evaluation. He’s the best in the business. Everyone will see when he has built a Daniel Snyder team into a contender. It’ll be undeniable at that point.
    ———————————————————————-

    Do your homework man! The Pat’s got Revis for a year at a relative discount because his career Needed to recover from a couple of down years. After he re-established himself during his stint there his price went right back up which the Pat’s passed on. The Pat’s don’t spend stupid money for any one player is a big difference between them and the Skins.

    But take heart, this deal did hurt the Pat’s because it probably just killed any chance of re-signing Malcolm Butler. This deal jacks Butlers price to something the Pat’s won’t do.

  77. $12 M ain’t much of a discount, but hey, you guys got a championship out of it.

  78. illogicalvoicesinmyhead says:
    Apr 23, 2016 12:13 PM
    $12 M ain’t much of a discount, but hey, you guys got a championship out of it.

    $12m for one year for one of, if not THE top corner in the league at the time. That was a mutually beneficial arrangement.

    The Washington Professional Football Team is paying $50m for maybe a couple of years of him being close to the top of the league (given his age). That people can’t see why these are different situations may be why no one else replicates what the Pats do.

    Even I question it when the Pats let a top guy go a year or two early, but at the end of the day it’s why they’ve been a contender for 15 straight seasons.

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