Bills have shown interest in signing Josh Norman
The Buffalo Bills have an eye on adding to their secondary in 2020. Nate Mendelson reported the Bills have checked in with free-agent cornerback Josh Norman after Norman was released by the Washington Redskins on Feb. 14.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott was Norman’s defensive coordinator back when he was an All-Pro corner with the Carolina Panthers, and general manager Brandon Beane was a member of the front office that drafted Norman back in 2012.
Beane said no deal is “imminent,” but the two sides have made contact:
“We have looked into him and even talked to him,” Beane said. “Nothing more than that. I’m sure he may have some other teams that he’s looking at beyond Buffalo. Probably a similar situation to Greg Olsen, he’s in a spot where he’ll be able to choose where he wants to go. I don’t know what his plan will be of whether we’ll come to any type of agreement.”
Norman is hardly the same player he was in 2015 when he was heralded as one of the best cornerbacks in football.
The 32-year-old played in 12 games with the Redskins this past season, starting in just eight of those contests. Opposing quarterbacks have frequently targeted Norman’s side of the field in the last two years, posting a 129.0 rating against Norman in 2019, according to Pro Football Reference.
Buffalo has some elite personnel on the defensive side of the football, including All-Pro corner Tre’Davious White. However, as Mendelson reported, some executives feel they need help in the defensive secondary.
Perhaps a reunion with McDermott would help Norman revitalize his career.