Carolina Panther fans learned last night that standout cornerback Josh Norman had his franchise tag rescinded by the team, making him an unrestricted free agent. Following a break out year, Norman had the franchise tag placed on him which would have paid him a little less than 14 million in 2016.
Josh Norman is 28. He just finished his rookie contract that paid him a total of 2.21 million. Realistically the next contract he signs could very well be his last. The Carolina Panther fan base should be disappointed that his agent and the team could not work out a deal, but it is hard to be upset with a young man for holding out for a maximum contract, one he has worked his whole life for.
As a Carolina Panther PSL owner not having Norman in the secondary on Sunday’s at Bank of America Stadium will be a hard, but I am confident that David Gettleman and the salary cap space he just opened up will be able to make something work that will continue to make the Panthers defense one of the best in the league.
Although difficult, I think both parties did the right thing. Who knows, maybe Norman discovers that the offers he receives are not much better than what the Panthers were offering and he decides to re-sign with the Panthers. It’s a long shot, but you never know. Just ask Charles Johnson.