Franchise tags are important in the NFL. If a player’s contract is up, sending them to free agency, a team can designate that player with a franchise tag, binding them to another year – provided the fulfillment of conditions.
On Friday, the Carolina Panthers declined to give All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman that designation, opening him up for bids. The official Washington Redskins Facebook page announced that it only took one visit at their Ashburn, Virginia facility for Josh Norman to sign with them.
According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter, $75 million over five years. That’s $15 million a year, with $51.1 million of the $75 guaranteed. With this contract, Josh Norman has become the highest paid cornerback.
According to Redskins.com, Norman said: “When [the franchise tag was rescinded] it was crazy because Mr. Bruce (Allen), the President, hit [me] up right away with a jersey, No. 24,” Norman said. “And the crazy thing is I didn’t see it until a day and a half later because I was still getting over the fact of what was going on. Being somewhere 28 years all your life and just in a blink of an eye, gone, just like that, I’ve just never been without a job … That small amount of hours, everything went rapid and I came up here and it just felt right.”
For their part, the Washington Redskins have struggled to put up a winning season in the last ten years, fighting through issues with the ego-driven and technique deficient RGIII and eventually replacing him with the surprisingly strong performance of Quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Although Norman is an All-Pro, when he played for the Carolina Panthers, he had an all-star defensive line to lend him an assist. The Redskins don’t boast the same roster.
Norman said, “I want to win the granddaddy of them all. I want to win the Super Bowl. And I’m not going to stop until I get back there. Because I know I will one day and then make the wrong a right.”
The last time Washington made a Superbowl appearance was 1992. Panthers were there just last year. Maybe he should’ve stayed with Carolina to fulfill that dream.