Report: Ex-Chant Norman signs deal with Redskins

Carolina Panthers play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Carolina Panthers play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

Former Coastal Carolina and Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman did not stay unemployed for very long. Two days after the Panthers rescinded their franchise tag on the All-Pro, Norman signed a five year, $75 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday to become the highest paid corner in the NFL, according to a report on CBSSports.com.

The Panthers on Wednesday rescinded the franchise tag tying Norman to the NFC champions for the 2016 season, setting Norman loose on the open market. A one-year tender with the Panthers would have paid Norman nearly $14 million in 2016.

Norman visited the Redskins on Friday when he meets with the Washington Redskins, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday. Schefter added that the Redskins and San Francisco are floating five-year offers, with Norman likely to receive $14 million to $15 million per season.

Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman pulled the plug when contract negotiations fell apart and Norman found little interest after the Panthers granted him permission to seek a trade. Gettleman said Thursday at his pre-draft press conference that $13.9 million was just too much, and that the Panthers “want players who are all-in.”

Norman had two defensive touchdowns and led all defensive backs in forced fumbles in 2015, when he was voted All-Pro.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

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