The Panthers announced on Wednesday some shocking news, that being they were taking away the franchise tag for cornerback Josh Norman, making him an unrestricted free agent, NFL.com reports.
“After a number of conversations with Josh’s agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “We have decided to rescind the Franchise Tag freeing Josh to immediately become a UFA. We thank Josh for all his contributions and truly wish him well.”
Norman is a very good player playing a position that always seems of need, and for sure he’s going to find another team and probably find it fast.
Once Carolina dropped the Super Bowl, they went right away into attack mode, and were optimistic about signing Norman to a long-term deal.
At the Combine in February, Gettleman said it “doesn’t make sense” to draft and develop players for other teams. Head coach Ron Rivera went a step further, saying he had little concern about paying the 28-year-old Norman despite his age.
The folks over at at RouletteGeeks.com have a couple teams already listed with interest in Norman, with the first being the San Francisco 49ers.
They have money to spend, and also have a need at the position. The Niners better get ready to spend though, as one report says that Norman’s agent set the price tag for his client at $16 million per season.
Another couple teams that could give a long look to Norman include the Dolphins, who have $19.5 million in cap space and desperately need a No. 1 corner. The Jaguars and 49ers have $52 million to spend, whereas the Browns are under the cap by $40 million.