Washington breaks up with Josh Norman

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New Washington coach Ron Rivera has been surrounding himself with old friends from his Panthers days.

That will not extend to the field, at least in the case of Josh Norman.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Washington is releasing the veteran cornerback.

Norman was in the doghouse last year, and didn’t play down the stretch. Some might have thought having his old coach in town would help, but his $12 million salary was deemed more than they wanted to pay for the former Pro Bowler.

This gives Norman a head start on free agency, much like former Panthers teammate Greg Olsen (who is negotiating with Washington, Seattle, and Buffalo as we speak).

46 responses to “Washington breaks up with Josh Norman

  1. Norman is not worth 12 mil but its gotta suck for him.

    He left Carolina to get paid and then the guy that wouldn’t pay him becomes the coach of his new team. And…won’t pay him.

  2. Adios. When fans complained that Norman couldn’t cover a blade of grass, I’d tap the breaks and say whoah, he’s still a top-30 CB. He’s just paid like a top-3 CB so it’s disappointing that he’s not performing to that level, but that doesn’t mean he’s bad.

    And then he proved me wrong.

  3. I wish things would have worked out better for Norman and the Skins but he’s just not worth the money. I know all the chatter is negative about him but I do believe he gave us his all. Just wasn’t talented enough. HTTR

  4. riverboat is trying to right that barge of a ship in DC!
    this is a good move for the team.
    – not a dc fan

  5. @jjackwagon says:
    February 14, 2020 at 9:41 am
    Norman is not worth 12 mil but its gotta suck for him.

    He left Carolina to get paid and then the guy that wouldn’t pay him becomes the coach of his new team. And…won’t pay him.
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    Don’t let the facts get in the way of your post: He left Carolina because:
    1) Carolina had place franchise tag on him.
    2) GM pulled the tag making him a FA.
    3) Signed as a FA with Washington 2 days later.
    4) Ron Rivera was the coach.
    5) Dave Gettleman was the GM that rescinded the franchise tag.

    I’m not a Washington fan or a Norman fan. However I am a fan of facts.

  6. They finally admitted he was over-paid and overrated! That’s first step in recovery, isn’t it? Admitting you have a problem? Now, they need to figure out how to release Snyder.

  7. He was on UK TV for the Superbowl coverage, I thought he was funny but at points I was wondering is he going to cross the line here? On the field I think age caught up with him and it’s hard to see where he goes from here.

  8. Maybe the most overrated/paid CB in NFL history. Only has 14 INts and 1 Pro Bowl nod in 9 years. Congrats on getting paid though

  9. Never had the speed or quickness to play 1v1, but was solid and physical in zone coverage. Too bad the Redskins brass never let them design around their talent. The last 5 years would have been a lot better with a 4-3 and zone coverage. But hey, they got Chase Young so…

  10. Washington already had a league-leading $93M in cap space, which was $9M more than anyone else, even before this cut. This takes it up to $105M, and Jordan Reed and Paul Richardson cuts are likely still to come. This team can be reshaped fast — with some good decision making.

  11. Norman was a bad fit for the Redskins from the very beginning. He’s a great cover-2 (ZONE) CB. To be successful he needs quality safeties backing him up. He never had that in Washington.

    Many times he had the under coverage, the receiver went deep through his zone and the safety failed to pick him up. Clueless fans screamed “Norman got beat again!”. Other times the coaches “matched” Norman to a speedy WR and he did get beat. But is that Norman’s fault? Not entirely since it is widely known that Norman isn’t a fast CB. The team paid a lot for him and then misused him. That is typical of the square peg in round hole defensive coaching the Redskins have had for a decade. Too many Redskins defenders have been set up to fail by poor coaching.

  12. just another blunder by Snyder, he can’t seem to understand that when a team lets a big name go there has to be a reason so why dole out millions to has been. put your money into a decent scout to find diamonds not has beens.

  13. @xbam says:
    February 14, 2020 at 10:44 am
    Proving once again that Washington is where high priced Free Agents go to get paid and fade away…
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    As an Eagles fan, I’m ok with Washington overpaying for FA. But to be fair, he signed that contract when he was 28 years old and regarded as a top 5 CB AT THAT TIME. As for the years after that, i think it’s been a mixed bag. But hey, it’s not like Washington as a team was any good.

  14. Wow I thought Rivera going there would actually improve his play because he’s definitely a scheme corner, not a shutdown. I wonder if McDermott will spin the tires on him because McDermott was the defensive coordinator that year Norman exploded

  15. jjackwagon says:
    February 14, 2020 at 9:41 am
    Norman is not worth 12 mil but its gotta suck for him.

    He left Carolina to get paid and then the guy that wouldn’t pay him becomes the coach of his new team. And…won’t pay him.

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    Rivera won’t pay him because he can no longer play at a high level. Guaranteed whoever ended up coaching the Redskins this year would have released Norman (and Reed).

  16. I’d say this was Washington’s worst free agent signing but their laundry list of bad signings is so long it is actually debatable. At least they’re consistent.

  17. hailtothenamechange says:
    February 14, 2020 at 11:12 am
    Washington already had a league-leading $93M in cap space, which was $9M more than anyone else, even before this cut. This takes it up to $105M, and Jordan Reed and Paul Richardson cuts are likely still to come. This team can be reshaped fast — with some good decision making.

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    OTC shows the Redskins with $38.9 before the release of Richardson and Norman. Dolphins lead the way at $89 mill cap space.

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