In 2015 with the Carolina Panthers, Josh Norman recorded 56 tackles, 18 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns on his way to being named an All-Pro and establishing himself as the best cornerback in football.
That spectacular season led him to earn a big, five-year deal from the Washington Redskins worth $75 million. Norman came into the nation’s capital with sky-high expectations as a game-changer on defense.
After four seasons with the Redskins, however, Norman is now gone.
The 32-year-old was cut by new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera on February 14. A few weeks later, he signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Buffalo Bills.
Overall, Norman was a disappointment in D.C., never made a Pro Bowl in his four seasons and was never able to recapture the magic he displayed in 2015. However, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane is confident that things will be different for Norman in Buffalo.
“We didn’t feel like the system he was in, in Washington, played to his strengths. We think he felts our scheme well. Knowing Josh, I don’t think he liked the way things went there this past season,” Beane said on Thursday via a video interview, per Redskins Wire. “He’s a great young man, he plays with a chip on his shoulder, he’ll bring an edge to our defense and I think he’s got something to prove, that’s what we’re betting on here.
In Buffalo, Norman reunites with head coach Sean McDermott who served as the defensive coordinator for the Panthers when Norman was at his peak.
The Bills already possessed a top-five pass defense before the acquisition of the eight-year veteran and have made several moves this offseason to try and build off a solid 2019 season.