Josh Norman deal could cause some corners to clamor for more cash

AP

Despite his late entry to the marketplace, new Washington cornerback Josh Norman got paid. A lot of money. More money on a per-year basis than any other cornerback has ever made.

At $15 million per year on a five-year deal, Norman has rocketed past all other corners, including Darrelle Revis at $14.02 million, Patrick Peterson at $14.01 million, and Richard Sherman at $14 million. Norman’s payouts through one year ($20 million), two years ($37 million), and three years ($51 million) also set new high-water marks.

The only metric on which Norman didn’t finish at the top of the stack was full guarantee at signing. Norman will get $36.5 million; Revis got $39 million.

It was indeed a great contract for Norman. And it indeed will make other cornerbacks clamor for more cash of their own, privately or publicly.

Recently, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. listed the top five corners currently in the NFL as Sherman, Revis, Peterson, Harris, and Aqib Talib. So why did Harris omit Norman?

“You’ve got to do it more than one year,” Harris told reporters. “We’ve been guys that have done it five years. I don’t know how many years for Revis — nine or 10 this year. Talib has done it eight years. It’s about being good for a long time, not just one year.”

But one year was enough to get Norman paid more than any of the rest of them. And that will surely make some (or all) of the rest of them want more money.

Revis, Peterson, and Sherman already are getting paid plenty. Harris isn’t; he’s averaging $8.5 million on a deal that runs through 2019. And he’ll make $7 million in 2016 — less than half of Norman’s annual haul.

It’s just a matter of time before other cornerbacks notice what Norman is making and try to get more of their own. If the rest of the elite corners feel the same way Harris does about Norman not doing enough to be considered a top-five corner, the rest of them surely believe they should be making more money than him.

44 responses to “Josh Norman deal could cause some corners to clamor for more cash

  1. Corners have always been the best pure athletes on the field. But with the explosion of passing stats–edge rushers and cover corners have seen demand for their services increase exponentially in correspondence w/ left tackles and wideout salaries.

  2. Yea, the money will definitely go up at the position. At least for top 5-10 guys. Free Safety might also go up since there are so few who fit the elite status these day, especially due to rule changes to protect WRs/TEs across the middle. Seems like Ball Hawk skills trump hitting now and the days of the Ronnie Lots and Sean Taylor-style guys are dwindling.

  3. Clamor all they want- Dan Snyder is the only person stupid enough to sign a 28 year old with a limited body of work to a 15m/year for 5 years deal.

  4. They can try and get more and might but they’re not going to suddenly all going to be in the Norman/Revis range.

    There just aren’t that many owners that will pay those kinds of salaries to CBs.

    Supply and demand but the demand won’t be there for expensive 1 year wonders. The demand will be for cheaper options because CB alone isn’t enough to win a SB.

  5. toddcsmith71 says:
    Apr 24, 2016 3:41 PM
    Yea, the money will definitely go up at the position. At least for top 5-10 guys. Free Safety might also go up since there are so few who fit the elite status these day, especially due to rule changes to protect WRs/TEs across the middle. Seems like Ball Hawk skills trump hitting now and the days of the Ronnie Lots and Sean Taylor-style guys are dwindling.

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    All recent SB winners have had hard hitters in the secondary. Hitting will always make a difference no matter how much the rules change.

  6. The key when structuring contracts is to structure so that the player wont hold out years 2-3.
    A player who sits out has to return a prorated portion of his signing bonus.
    The contract could be structured in such a way that the player doesn’t get a huge amount of money the first year, and more is paid out in years 2-3.

  7. It’s not just Norman. Some people say Snyder is the only one dumb enough, but Norman is the real deal. Meanwhile, Janoris Jenkins got $12.5M per year, and he’s not a top 10 corner. Neither is Trumaine Johnson who’s gonna make $13.92M, barely less than Sherman. Sherman, Revis and Peterson all got their deals done when the salary cap was $20M less. They’d all get more than Norman right now if they were free agents.

    Harris is gonna get $7M this year. Last year that’s what Norman was offered and he bet on himself and turned it down. Harris should’ve done the same.

    And someone tell Patrick Peterson that Norman does know his worth. Lol!

  8. Norman is the best corner to ever play the game……..
    Just ask him!
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    Nope. He had himself tied with Revis for 5th. He put Dick “Night Train” Lane as 1st. Not that 5th greatest ever isn’t pretty arrogant.

    That is Josh in a nutshell. The man is plenty sure of himself and very outspoken.

  9. Sherman is in a State where there is no income tax. Adjustments for tax implications need to be factored into the mix, as well.

  10. Guys. Like Dan Snyder, George Steinbrenner, Jerry Jones. Ruining sports by over paying players.
    Usually bidding against themselves. This drives up the over all salaries, which drives up the ticket prices. Josh Norman will be fine until someone parks in his parking spot.
    Those that fail to learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them. ($ 50 Million to Albert Haynsworth ) Quit trying to buy championships, Scout and develope your own talent. If you need to satisfy your ego, go down to the pawn shop and buy some Olympic Gold Medals

  11. How / why is this post news worthy? NEWSFLASH – new contracts pay more money than previous highs. Put this right up there with dog bites man and eating lots of fat makes you gain weight.

    I understand that Norman had his one great year. The bigger question for me is how well he plays in the Redskins’ defensive scheme. I don’t know enough about the two defenses to make an educated guess. One big concern I would have is that Norman won’t have the same quality pass rush as in Carolina nor underneath coverage help he got from Luke Kiechly and Thomas Davis. Luke made a lof of interceptions – even 20 yards downfield.

  12. At what point do the passing numbers that seem to go up every year become a reflection that secondaries are just not very good?

  13. I’m betting every GM hopes their QB and No. 1 receiver toast this guy so his contract looks like stupidity.

  14. Josh Norman deal could cause some corners to clamor for more cash

    They can, but I’m pretty sure there’s owners out there that will do what the Panthers did: Let them walk.

    I mean, can we correlate that DTs now can demand more cash because Washington (DC) paid Albert Haynesworth a ton of dough?

    I don’t think so. Is it collusion? Could be, but if a new car is over priced, I’m sure they sit on the lot.

  15. Harris won’t be clamoring for more. He knew he was signing a below-market deal when he did it– he said it was worth it to stay with a winning organization. Said it wasn’t worth the extra money to have to play somewhere like Oakland.

  16. Revis’ deal was likely the starting point for Norman

    Revis got $70 million/5 and Norman, 2 years younger and 1 year later – amid a BIG boost in the salary cap these next few years – signed for $75 million/5

    $1 million more a year than Revis is not a bad deal for the Redskins – though like the Jets it may be pointless depending on who their QB is

  17. Everyone worries about a holdout, but I would worry more about a player that shows up.

    It’s easy for that player to tell his fellow players “I’m doing what I am supposed to do: showing up, working hard, and excelling. But the organization isn’t doing me right.”

    When your teammates ask why you are showing up, you say “because I want to win a championship.” Talk about how you are there for them. All that stuff.

    And then you have young players thinking your organization doesn’t take care of its players. The worst thing for a team is to have disgruntled players in their lockerroom. If I were the owner, I’d hope they don’t show up.

  18. Put this right up there with dog bites man and eating lots of fat makes you gain weight.

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    Carbs make you fat. not saturated fats from animal sources. some fats make you fat but theyre from plant sources. Mainly oils

  19. Newsflash, next year and every year after that players will be paid more money than the year before. It still amazes me how some people don’t understand NFL salaries. When Norman suddenly became a FA the media was reporting that at least 10 teams were talking to Norman’s people about signing him. My guess is that number was higher. So if you’re one of those teams then you know going into negotiations that in order to sign him you at the minimum have to be offering him $15 million a year. He was offered the franchise tag which was $14 million so why would you think he’d take less? So if that’s true then why are you wasting your time calling him? Why even pick up the phone and dial? What’s the purpose? I’d bet there were other teams that offered more money than the Redskins and if that’s true then why he pick the Redskins? I’m a lifelong Redskins fan so I’ve seen the good and the bad. Everyone brings up Haynesworth, well that was 7 years ago. So tell me what other FA’s have they thrown big money between Haynesworth and Norman? Why didn’t they sign Suh last year? Like I said every offseason a number of FA’s get big contracts and the Redskins didn’t sign any of them. Next year there will be a crop of FA’s that will be available and ask for and get more money than Norman just got.

  20. Newsflash, next year and every year after that players will be paid more money than the year before. It still amazes me how some people don’t understand NFL salaries.
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    Many people understand NFL salaries just fine. There is always going to be a TOP TIER player that is going to sign a contract bigger than you if you are a Revis or one of the other top corners.

    But…..when they see a one year wonder like Norman become grossly overpaid at 28 after a SINGLE good season and one where his responsibilities as a cover guy weren’t a great due to their athletic linebackers dropping back deep, it raises the eyebrows of corners who have done it year in and year out with little help.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 24, 2016 3:57 PM
    toddcsmith71 says:
    Apr 24, 2016 3:41 PM
    Yea, the money will definitely go up at the position. At least for top 5-10 guys. Free Safety might also go up since there are so few who fit the elite status these day, especially due to rule changes to protect WRs/TEs across the middle. Seems like Ball Hawk skills trump hitting now and the days of the Ronnie Lots and Sean Taylor-style guys are dwindling.

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    All recent SB winners have had hard hitters in the secondary. Hitting will always make a difference no matter how much the rules change.

    Very true, Patsfan – believe me, I miss the days of the Lotts and Taylors in the NFL. Hitting is always a big part and makes a huge difference, but it just seems (Being a Skins fan and seeing Meriweather, for example) get flagged so often a few yrs back, that most teams tend to shy away from drafting/signing as many of those types of hitters now a days.

  22. As a Dallas Fan I am happy Dan Snyder spent a fortune on a flash in the pan older corner. Simple truth of High $ FA – more money for less production.

  23. That’s the problem with overpaying someone. Everyone else wants to be overpaid as well.

  24. First of all, the Redskins have a long way to go before they’re looked upon as trend setters. That’s an understatement. Second, smart teams don’t have to be told of the value of a good cornerback. That’s why John Elway has three of them. Third, isn’t Scot McCloughan the guy who picked Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers? I love Scotty, but let’s get serious for a minute. Fourth, Dan Snyder. Fifth, nobody is happier than the Carolina Panthers right now. They just unloaded a guy who was using Pac Man Jones as a role model. Good riddance!

  25. ncheelsboysfan says:
    Apr 24, 2016 10:27 PM
    As a Dallas Fan I am happy Dan Snyder spent a fortune on a flash in the pan older corner. Simple truth of High $ FA – more money for less production.

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    Kinda like when you guys signed Branden Carr.

  26. Older corner? If the Panthers had re-signed him, there would be no problem. It’s funny how a pro-bowl player is now being attacked and denigrated because he signed with the Redskins. What do you people care about how much Snyder spends on a player? Who cares? Salaries go up. Some team was going to pay him. The Saints came very close to signing him. The Jaguars were in the neighborhood. Did anyone see how much the Giants spent on their three free agents this offseason? Just admit that you JUST don’t like the Redskins or the owner. It’s not about Josh Norman. A-bags!

  27. No many people don’t understand NFL salaries. When they see a contract like this they honestly believe that the player will get all that money. When Haynesworth got his “100 million dollar” contract so many believed he was getting all of that. I can’t begin to tell you how many comments I saw on various boards constantly saying that. I still see it today. I fail to see how this signing is going to hurt the Redskins, They still are under the cap, they have all their draft choices. Next season players such as Jackson and Garcon will have their contracts expire and I don’t expect many of them to return. In the past the thing that hurt the Redskins even more than the bad signings in the early 2000’s thru 2009 were the bad draft picks. There were entire draft classes that were gone within 2 to 3 years after they were drafted. Those days are gone because Snyder finally hired a GM, someone who actually knows how to do it. As for one year wonders, they happen every year and if they don’t do their jobs they get released. They always have and always will in this sport.

  28. I hate to rain on everyone’s parade, but Norman is not a 1-year wonder. He was pretty damn good in 2014, but nobody knew about it because the Panthers were busy going 2 months without a win. That happened because Cam Newton was getting killed having Byron Bell as his left tackle, Brentan Bursin as his #3 WR and no healthy running backs. Once Andrew Norwell and Mike Remmers settled in as the LG and RT, and Jonathan Stewart got back on the field, we won our last 4 games to win the division. Along the way, Marques Colston and July Jones were shut down by Norman.

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