RUMOR: Redskins have no plans to cut Josh Norman despite potential cap savings
As the Washington Redskins prepare for their offseason training program to fully get underway, they’ll be doing so with questions surrounding the status of cornerback Josh Norman.
While speculation around the league continues to say the team could be cut sometime this month, the team itself hasn’t had any discussions to that effect.
According to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, the team has reportedly no plans on releasing Norman, despite the huge cap hit he’ll be bringing to the team. The 31-year old is currently set to count for $14.5 million against the cap, with none of it being guaranteed.
That means if Washington did release him, they would save $11.5 million against their cap, and only be eating $3 million in dead money this and next year. Had they released him earlier, the team would have taken a $6 million dead money hit, which makes potentially releasing Norman in June so speculative.
During a 2016 offseason that saw the Panthers rescind their franchise tag on the then-breakout cornerback, Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington, which was the highest deal ever given to a cornerback until Xavien Howard’s extension this offseason.
That’s still a huge amount of money to give to a cornerback, and alongside the money they gave to safety Landon Collins, it’s a huge amount of money dedicated to their secondary.
Although Norman doesn’t seem to possess the elite skills that he once did, it doesn’t seem like Washington is willing to party ways with the veteran leader just yet, and at the moment, it seems as if fans can rest easy knowing that Norman will be back on the field for Washington in 2019.