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Josh Norman Lands Mega Deal With Washington - This Is Sports Zone

All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman signed with the Washington Redskins, the team announced Friday, and a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the deal is for five years and $75 million. The contract includes $51.1 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder, the most ever for a cornerback. Norman’s average salary per season will be $15 million, eclipsing Patrick Peterson’s contract with the Arizona Cardinals ($14.01 million annually) and making Norman the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to the playoffs here,” Norman said in an interview with the team’s “Redskins Nation” show on CSN Mid-Atlantic and published to Redskins.com. “You guys went last year, I’m looking forward to going even deeper into the playoffs and then the Super Bowl. That’s our motto, that’s here, that’s the goal. That’s the ultimate goal.” Norman stated emphatically that he wanted to win “the granddaddy of them all” with Washington — and he wasn’t referring to the Rose Bowl.

“I want to win the Super Bowl,” Norman said. “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.” Two days after the Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on Norman, making him a free agent, he had narrowed his choice to the Redskins or New Orleans Saints, sources earlier told Schefter. “It came out of nowhere. It really did,” Norman told “Redskins Nation” on Friday night. “I got sideswiped — I didn’t see it coming.”

The Saints had approached Drew Brees about restructuring his contract Friday but didn’t need to do it when they were unable to land Norman, a source told Schefter. Norman visited the Redskins’ facility in Ashburn, Virginia, on Friday. Earlier in the afternoon and Thursday, Washington players had used Twitter to try to convince Norman to sign. After the agreement was reached, he posed for pictures with family members and Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan.

“When we played you guys last year, y’all was competing all the way until the bitter end. It was no let-up,” Norman said in the TV interview. “You guys had the fight in you all. You’re a playoff team; it was in the thick of things. And one piece here, one piece there, you guys can do what Carolina (did) when they went to the Super Bowl last year.”

Despite the Norman signing, Washington remains 40-1 to win Super Bowl 51 and 20-1 to win the NFC at the Westgate LV SuperBook. Norman’s regular-season debut will be on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Sept. 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Norman had a career-high four interceptions, 16 passes defensed and 56 tackles last season for the NFC champion Panthers.

On Thursday, Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said the Panthers chose to rescind Norman’s tag because of the flexibility the team would have without him counting toward its salary-cap number. He also said it was unlikely the team would reach a long-term deal with him. The Panthers had placed the tag on Norman last month, guaranteeing him $13.952 million in 2016. But Norman never signed it and was planning to skip at least the first part of offseason workouts that begin Monday.

According to a league source, Norman was seeking a long-term deal worth between $15 million and $16 million a year with Carolina, an estimate based on what could be had on the open market. The Panthers made one offer for close to $11 million and never moved off that mark, according to the source.

It has been a while since the Redskins signed a huge free agent, though it was commonplace early in team owner Daniel Snyder’s regime. It is a boost for the defending NFC East champions. It also means that New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham and Norman can continue their feud twice a year as division rivals.

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