The Carolina Panthers made a shocking move on Wednesday by rescinding their franchise tag on Josh Norman. The all-pro cornerback is looking for a long-term deal worth around $16 million a season and he will get it.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman met with reporters on Thursday to address the reasoning behind the team’s decision. Gettleman stated:
Our culture is terrific. Everybody is all-in. We want people that are all-in. This is a business decision, folks. No doors have been shut with Josh. We respect Josh. … The big men up front make people in the back end better.
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported that at least eight teams are interested:
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) April 21, 2016
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that the 49ers are the early front-runner for Norman and that the Jaguars have interest as well.
As of right now a handful of teams are in the running for Norman and the top ones include the Jaguars, 49ers, Titans, Bears, Dolphins, and Cowboys.