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NFL Breaking News: Josh Norman signs with Washington

After little more than a day on the open market, cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign for the Washington Redskins on a five­year cont


After little more than a day on the open market, cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign for the Washington Redskins on a five­year contract worth $75 million, per the NFL’s Ian Rapoport. The deal, which includes $50 million in guaranteed money, makes Norman the highest paid defensive back in the league, ahead of the likes of Darrelle Revis, Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman. Norman has been touted as one of the best cornerbacks in the league after putting in some stellar performances in 2015, and had been expected to stay with the reigning NFC champion Carolina Panthers for the 2016 season after the team slapped him with their franchise tag ahead of the start of this year’s free agency period. However, when it became apparent on Thursday that Norman and the Panthers would be unable to reach an agreement over a long­term contract extension, they rescinded the tag, making him an immediate free agent. Despite reported interest from other teams, in particular the New Orleans Saints, Washington wasted no time in bringing Norman to their facility to hammer out this monster deal, which will keep the fifth­-year veteran with the franchise beyond his 34th birthday. Norman will likely be the figurehead of this Washington secondary in 2016, playing opposite Will Blackmon on the other corner, with DeAngelo Hall in the middle of the field at strong safety. There are some concerns, however, about whether Norman will be able to reproduce the form he exhibited with the Panthers last year. As well as the fact that it was his first year with any serious production levels, he’ll also have to contend with having to adapt to a new city, new teammates and a new playbook ­ potentially an entirely new defensive system to what he was used to in Charlotte. Such doubts, if they come to fruition, will no doubt lead to comparisons between Norman and former Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, whom the franchise signed on a seven-­year, $100 million contract in 2009. Haynesworth ended up playing less than two seasons at FedExField and has since gone down as one of the worst free agent signings of all time.

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Tom Parry-Jones

Despite growing up as a soccer fan, Tom is now a fully fledged NFL reporter, having followed the sport since 2008 and started writing on the NFL in 2012. His primary focus is the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Breaking News: Josh Norman signs with Washington

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