Josh Norman Done With Redskins, Landing With Eagles Or Giants?
Josh Norman is done with the Redskins, but he may end up landing with the Eagles or Giants.
Norman, 32, was the first major casualty of the new Ron Rivera Era in Washington.
Rivera pledged to retool the organization by changing the culture, and getting rid of an underperforming yet always mouthy cornerback seems to be the way he will do it.
The decision to part ways with Norman will ultimately save Washington more than $12.5 million toward the salary cap.
Fresh off being an All-Pro with the Carolina Panthers, many expected the polarizing star to have a similar impact on the Redskins. On paper it made sense – Norman was coming off a Super Bowl appearance where he was an essential piece of Carolina’s success.
Unfortunately, Norman never quite delivered to expectations with his new squad.
🙏🏾 – Grateful For Everything -🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/8Hhi2D9nHe
— *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24) February 14, 2020
Despite signing a five-year, $75 million contract that made him the highest paid corner in the sport, Norman got progressively worse as the contract wore on. Last season, things got so bad that the Redskins ultimately just benched him for the last six outings of the year.
Prior to getting the boot, former Washington head coach Jay Gruden publicly lambasted Norman and said he never quite lived up to what the team was hoping he would be when they gave him that massive deal.
Now the big question becomes: who will take a chance on Norman?
Two easy potential candidates are Philadelphia and New York.
The Eagles are thought to be a serious contender to steal Byron Jones away from the Dallas Cowboys. Obviously, that would be the best case scenario. If that does not happen, however, it would not be all that shocking to see them try to patch up their secondary issues with Norman.
Along the same lines, the Giants’ secondary needed work even before their messy break-up with Janoris Jenkins last year. Norman obviously is not a defense-changing type player anymore, but he still be a good contributor when motivated.
The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons are also a pair of potentially interesting landing spots for Norman if he goes into it with the right attitude.