The Carolina Panthers surprisingly — yet not really surprisingly — rescinded the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman Wednesday afternoon. Norman, who was one of the top corners of 2015, was going to be a hot name at the start of free agency if the Panthers didn’t tag him. That didn’t happen.
Instead he is a hot name now, putting the NFL world to scramble for ideas on possible landing spots. Many speculated throughout the afternoon on how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, among other teams, should be one of the teams pursuing Norman and his services. Late Wednesday evening, a report claims that the Bucs are indeed one of the teams who have already reached out to Norman’s camp.
Niners, with a ton of cap space, among teams that called about Josh Norman, per source. Others incl. Bucs, Steelers, Dolphins.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the Buccaneers are a leading candidate. In fact there is already a report floating around saying that title belongs to San Francisco. But the fact that Tampa Bay has reached out is intriguing.
The Bucs have a logjam at corner with Alterraun Verner, Brent Grimes and Johnthan Banks at the top of the chart. With Norman’s camp reportedly seeking $16 million per season, Verner would likely be cut to provide some breathing room.
As of Thursday afternoon, it appears the Bucs are still in on the Norman Sweepstakes. But it looks like another NFC South team is ahead.
Falcons in on CB Josh Norman along w/ #49ers, #Bucs, #Dolphins & #Bears. Bidding likely to get north of CB Janoris Jenkins (5 yr, $62.5M)