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Former Panthers CB Josh Norman agrees to five-year deal with Washington

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman on Josh Norman

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera met with the media on Thursday to discuss the team rescinding the Franchise Tag on cornerback Josh Norman. Norman immediately became an unrestricted free agent.
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Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera met with the media on Thursday to discuss the team rescinding the Franchise Tag on cornerback Josh Norman. Norman immediately became an unrestricted free agent.

Josh Norman is heading to Washington.

The former Panthers cornerback announced the news Friday night on his Twitter account. He’s reportedly signing a five-year deal worth $75 million.

In a shocking move Wednesday, the Panthers rescinded its franchise tender worth $13.9 million. That left Norman to be an unrestricted free agent.

Norman signed a new agent and took a trip to Washington Friday. The team did not allow him to leave without a long-term contract, and NFL Network reported the deal includes $50 million in guaranteed money. The Saints and 49ers also expressed interest.

Norman and the Panthers were far apart on their long-term commitments. Norman’s camp wanted a deal in the neighborhood of $15-16 million, while the Panthers viewed Norman’s value in the $11-12 million range.

Carolina cut bait with Norman one week before the draft and with more than three weeks before the Panthers could pick up a compensatory pick in the 2017 draft. The Panthers will likely get an extra third-round pick next year for Norman.

Norman will get his rematch with the Panthers on Dec. 19 when Carolina travels to Washington for Monday Night Football.

Norman will also face rival receiver Odell Beckham Jr. twice a year when Washington faces the Giants in division games.

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