WASHINGTON: Top NFL cornerback Josh Norman inked a deal with the Washington Redskins on Friday (Saturday in Manila), two days after the Carolina Panthers surprisingly freed him to pursue free agent offers.
“Pen to paper! CB Josh Norman has officially signed with the Redskins,” the team tweeted with a picture of Norman signing his new deal.
Defensive standout Norman became a free agent on Wednesday after the Panthers rescinded his designation as their franchise player, which would have paid him $13.9 million next season.
The 28-year-old wanted a long-term contract, and Carolina concluded they wouldn’t be able to come to terms.
Norman had a career-high four interceptions, 16 passes defended and 56 tackles last season for the National Football Conference champion Panthers.
He posted the “Hail” on his Twitter account to reveal he’d opted for the Redskins over other teams.
He visited Washington on Friday amid reports that the San Francisco 49ers were leading the race to secure his services.
ESPN reported his five-year deal could be worth as much as $75 million, with NFL.com reporting it includes a guaranteed $50 million—the most ever for a cornerback.