Josh Norman is an unrestricted free agent! What happened with the Carolina Panthers front office? I feel that the Panthers should have negotiated a long term deal with Norman a long time ago. Now Norman is an unrestricted free agent and will get that long term deal that he deserves. Here are the landing spots for Norman in my opinion.
Based on Janoris Jenkins’ contract of 62.5 million for 5 years from the New York Giants, Josh Norman could get a contract of 70 million for 5 years because he is better than Jenkins. He may take a lesser deal from a contender, but most likely will be paid the big bucks he deserves.
San Francisco 49ers: Chip Kelly would love having the elite corner in his defense, but I fear he may underutilized by San Francisco. Byron Maxwell was amazing, until, well, we both know what happened in Philadelphia. Certainly, the 49ers can offer Norman a 5 year 70 million dollar contract at least with probably 30 million guaranteed. Norman’s contract will be front loaded meaning the majority of his 70 million dollar deal will be paid within three years.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Gus Bradley, the first defensive coordinator to leave Seattle for a head coaching gig, is skilled in knowing how to utilize the skill set that Norman has. Norman is an elite zone defender that would help Jacksonville become a contender that it desperately needs to become. Also, for Gus Bradley’s job, they need to succeed. Norman could be paid higher than San Fran’s bid of 70 million and give Norman 75 million with 35 million guaranteed. This would be a back-loaded contract since Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, and Allen Hurns will be in need of long term deals.
Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden needs a real corner next to him that isn’t a Madden bum. Justin Gilbert has been atrocious for the Cleveland Browns for years. Norman’s talents would warrant him a contract similar to the 49ers of 70 million for 5 years but will have 40 million guaranteed. Hue Jackson needs to make an immediate in the AFC North. Having Antonio Brown, AJ Green, Martavis Bryant (not this year), and a number of other highly talented wide receivers I believe Norman would be a good change of pace for the Browns.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans have a young defense that needs a cornerstone player on defense not named Jurrell Casey. Josh Norman could really help Titans and Dick Lebeau’s defense. Jason Mccourty needs a corner that can help him. Norman would receive a counter offer from the Titans close to the Jaguars and 49ers deal but it will be backloaded. Norman would be offered a 73 million dollar deal for 4 years and 38 million guaranteed.
Chicago Bears: John Fox needs to make an impact in the NFC North. In order for the Bears to succeed, they need to have a good defense. The bears are not even close to being their yet. But having Josh Norman could help out a young and fruitful secondary with Kyle Fuller. Fuller could mature with Norman across from him. Norman would receive an offer of 16 million a year from the Bears front office.
Indianapolis Colts: Vontae Davis needs to have a corner next to him that is actually worthwhile. The Colts did sign Patrick Robinson who would become a nice slot corner. Norman helps the Colts defense become something that is worth talking about in casual conversation. Upon signing Josh Norman, Vontae will have to call his grandma. Norman would get offered a one year 15 million dollar deal.
Seattle Seahawks: Granted, this is a wish-list. The Seahawks have to re-sign a lot of good players next season to long term deals, but pairing Richard Sherman and Josh Norman would make a dream-worthy legion of boom, especially with the good defensive back depth that Seattle has with Deshawn Shead ( A Portland State Alum a.k.a. “the swiss army knife”). Norman’s deal with the Seattle Seahawks would be a short term deal. I imagine John Schneider offering Norman a 2 year 30 million dollar deal with an option for majority of that to be the second year. If Norman was paid 12 million this year there would have to be some cap casualties for the Seahawks. Ahtyba Rubin - who will be paid 6.7 million in the next two years - will be cut, with the signing of Sealver Siliga for 1.05 million on a one year deal. Paul Richardson who has been injury prone throughout his career which would free up the Seahawks $9,484,857 onto $15,594,645 prior to signing Josh Norman in 2016.