No Norman when Cardinals visit Carolina

Posted by Darren Urban on April 20, 2016 – 3:43 pm

As if the Eagles-Browns trade wasn’t big enough news for the NFL Wednesday, this afternoon the Panthers in a stunning move rescinded the franchise tag from all-pro cornerback Josh Norman. Norman is now free to sign anywhere, and while in theory that includes back with the Panthers, it’s hard to see a scenario where that happens.

Norman had not signed his tender offer — worth nearly $14 million — and was in a position where he and Carolina had until July 15 to sign a long-term deal. Reportedly, Norman, 28, was looking for around $16M a year. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said today it had become clear to him the team and Norman would never reach a long-term contract. Still, it’s odd the team would just let him go. Norman might have threatened to sit out (without signing the tender, he wasn’t obligated to show up, even to training camp) but he wouldn’t be the first, and he just said last month he was willing to play under the tag this season.

How does this impact the Cardinals? Not directly. Norman is a free agent, but the Cards a) only have about $6.5 million of cap space, b) are already paying a cornerback a ton of money (Patrick Peterson)and c) are on deck to pay another secondary member (Tyrann Mathieu) a lot of money. Norman isn’t coming here. But the Cardinals do visit the Panthers in 2016, so no Norman figures to help the Cards’ deep receiving corps.

That doesn’t mean the Cardinals won’t see Norman. Both the 49ers and Rams had been trying to sign premier cornerbacks in free agency, and the 49ers especially ($52 million in cap space) would seem to have the resources to give Norman what he wants.


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12 Responses to “No Norman when Cardinals visit Carolina”

  1. By D on Apr 20, 2016 | Reply

    Great news. Anything to weaken the Panthers is a good thing. It’s not like if he goes to SF it will make a huge difference, SF doesn’t have the pass rush as the Panthers, meaning he better be able to cover for several more seconds…

  2. By joe holst on Apr 20, 2016 | Reply

    I bet he ends up in Oakland or Jacksonville. Kudos to Carolina for standing up to his agent. I hope Arizona drops down from 29 ad picks up the Titans 2nd round picks they have w/ the Rams trade.

  3. By georgiebird on Apr 20, 2016 | Reply

    Cards defense was terrible in the Carolina game. And Palmer was terrible in the Carolina game. I think “No Norman” might be a little solace but not much.

  4. By Cody Zarr on Apr 20, 2016 | Reply

    Is it just me or has this been kind of a crazy off season? Cards trade for potentially the biggest pass rusher we’ve had since Bertrand Berry, Rams trade for the number one pick and then the Eagles trade for the number 2 pick. Shortly after that something happens that I’m unable to recall seeing before as a team rescinds a franchise tag, and then there’s Johnny Manziel being a complete train wreck no one is able to stop looking at. I love football.

    Darren, care to make my off-season complete and talk to Mr. Keim about letting me see their draft board?

  5. By clssylssy on Apr 20, 2016 | Reply

    The 9ers have a boat load of money & are looking to rebuild so we can hold our breath that the Jags,Titans or somebody not in our conference makes him a better offer. Can’t help but think he’s been listening to some bad advice. Something about this doesn’t smell right! Wow, this is bound to shake things up a bit with the draft!

  6. By Berdj Rassam on Apr 20, 2016 | Reply

    Norman is a very good CB, whether the Cards sign him or he moves from the Panthers, the Cards benefit.

  7. By All Day on Apr 20, 2016 | Reply

    I personally hope he ends up in Jacksonville they’ve got a great young team and just need a few more pieces to be a contender.

  8. By Scott H on Apr 21, 2016 | Reply

    Geez, if he signs with Oakland, then the Raiders have had one of THE best off-seasons ever. I could not believe how much money they had under the cap and with the cap increase of 12 million, they were set. Ya never know if all the pieces will come together on the field, but…they did a great job adding the pieces. If they land Norman….wow.

    I’d rather see Norman 2X year with San Fran ( NOT St Louis ) than 1X in Carolina. For what it’s worth, I would not be surprised if Carolina takes a step back this year. Maybe not a BIG step….they won’t fall out of the picture….but I don’t see them at 15-1 or 14-2 again.

    Pretty surprising development, though, Norman being available.

  9. By Dr. G. on Apr 21, 2016 | Reply

    If Carolina goes 14 – 2 this year, I will eat my sombrero, with lots of Tabasco. October 30…book it as a loss for the Cats… We all have the arrogant QB’s number now..! We’ll send an angry crew this time…

  10. By RagingREDBirds on Apr 22, 2016 | Reply

    William Jackson cld be there in the first round. This kid is crazy good and PP fast. The cards would have him under a rookie contract for the next 5 years, so we cld have to press corners and honey in the slot for half a decade. Why wld they pass that up? Plus with a SS playing ILB our D could be sick!

  11. By clssylssy on Apr 23, 2016 | Reply

    Can’t help but wonder how Tyrann Mathieu feels after hearing about the Josh Norman contract from Washington and think about how that will impact other teams trying to resign their young stars without mortgaging the future of the team for years to come. IMO Norman is no where near the player as Mathieu or Peterson, is going on 29 & was holding out from team activities over $$$, which would not make him a team player IMO.
    Also wonder how Washington can get by violating the Cap when they had little more Cap space than we have according to the Cap tracker? Any reactions from Keim? Players? BA? Birdgang? I think this is crazy and will hurt everybody in the long run. Sure hope we grind Washington into the dirt when we lay them!

  12. By Scott H on Apr 23, 2016 | Reply

    So, turns out we will see Norman this year after all, when we play the Redskins. Fine with me. The Redskins may be improved IF Kirk Cousins picks up where he left off. but that is no given. And the addition of Norman certainly makes them better on defense but he doesn’t totally transform them all by himself.

    Bottom line, I like the Redskins as a landing spot for Norman. They’re not a division mate and they’re ( probably ) not a playoff team. So, he is much less a concern for the Cardinals than he would be with San Fran or still with the Panthers.

    And best of all, the Panthers definitely take a hit with his departure. This works for me.

    AND he now gets TWO opportunities to go against Odell Beckam this season! That figures to be some must-see TV.

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