The Carolina Panthers announced on Wednesday that they have canceled the non-exclusive tag on 2015 Pro-Bowl cornerback Josh Norman. Norman is now, one of the best NFL free agents in the market and is free to sign with any team.
“After a number of conversations with Josh’s agent, we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable. 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,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said on the team’s official website.
Norman had the best year of his career last season with four interceptions, 16 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. However, with the Panthers GM wishing the best for Norman, it is almost certain that he will not return to Carolina.
Now, let’s take a look the possible destinations for the former Panthers cornerback. He’s going to demand a starting salary $16 million per year and it seems reasonable being the best available NFL free agents this offseason.
San Francisco 49ers
In a report by Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, the 49ers have the money to sign Norman to a contract. San Francisco GM Trent Baalke has been looking for a cornerback this offseason but has not been very successful.
According to ESPN, the Dolphins are searching for a starting cornerback to pair up with Byron Maxwell. Miami needs to make some moves even though they have $19.5 million in cap space because a bunch of rookies will be coming in and they are going to get paid.
Rosenthal noted in his report that the Jaguars have the most salary cap money this offseason at $53 million. However, they don’t are relatively deep in the cornerback position, but a talent like Norman is very hard to pass up.
The Raiders are in prime position to contend for a World Series next season and the addition of Josh Norman could help their cause, per ESPN. Oakland would need to clear some money to sign the cornerback but it will be worth it.
Just like the 49ers, the Titans have the money and the need for a cornerback to have the interest in signing Norman to a contract. Tennessee has made one of the biggest moves this offseason by trading their first overall pick and acquiring a lot of assets.
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