The Carolina Panthers make a disturbing move as they rescinded their franchise tag over cornerback Josh Norman minutes after they stated that he is an unrestricted free agent. The move of the Panthers sends more questions than answers to their decision, but most importantly it has shaken up teams going into the draft that starts on April 28 in Chicago.
Ian Rapoport reports that the Panthers rescinded their franchise tag on Norman because it was too costly and that they need the cap space heading towards the 2016 NFL Draft to land potential deals and picks within the week. Panthers’ general manager Dave Gettleman posted the reason why they made such decision.
“After a number of conversations with Josh’s agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable,” Gettleman explained.
Norman was reported to have asked for a$16 million range contract for the coming season, which did not pleased Gettleman and the Panthers’ organization that led to his becoming of a free agent.
But the rescinding of Norman’s contract could backfire against the Panthers as teams including the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders.
“Yes, Josh Norman has already heard from teams trying to sign him or bring him in for a visit. This could move quickly,” Rapoport posted on Twitter, indicating that teams are making a move to sign Norman.
With teams making their decisions as to who to pick in the coming draft and with trade moves that has shocked the league, signing free agents adds more spice to things as teams go on a “waiting move” to see if there are other superstar free agents that would test the waters.
He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Norman would not be asking too much if his credentials would not do the talking. In his 2015 season with the Panthers, Norman was credited for 181 tackles, 36 pass deflections, seven interceptions, four forced fumbles and two touchdowns.
If those numbers does not guarantee a team something, then Norman will for surely be unemployed before the start of the season.
Photo Courtesy: Joshua R. Norman @J_No24/Twitter