REPORT: Washington Redskins to release CB Josh Norman
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Norman’s playing time was rather sporadic in 2019. The veteran played in 12 games and made just eight starts, finishing with 40 tackles, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble and six passes defended.
Norman, who played his collegiate football at Coastal Carolina, was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round (143rd pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He appeared in every contest during his rookie campaign, totaling 73 tackles, a pick and seven passes defended. Injuries then limited him to just seven games in 2013, but the following year, he returned and logged 48 tackles, a couple of interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 11 passes defended in what was a solid season.
Norman proceeded to break out in 2015, racking up 56 tackles, four picks, three forced fumbles, a pair of fumble recoveries, 18 passes defended and two defensive touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
That ensuing offseason, the Panthers and Norman could not come to terms on a long-term deal, making him a free agent. He went on to sign a five-year, $75 million contract with the Redskins, one that would prove to be a massive disappointment for Washington.
In four seasons with the Redskins, Norman did not make a single Pro Bowl and looked to be a mere shell of the player he was during his best year in Carolina.
Norman is 32 years old.